The Mets are not resting after their first big deal of the Brodie Van Wagenen era.
After introducing Robinson Cano and Edwin Diaz on Tuesday, the Mets were quick to talk about the work ahead. Atop their wish list heading into next week’s Winter Meetings is an upgrade at catcher. Industry sources confirmed reports that the Mets also reached out to the Marlins Tuesday about All-Star catcher J.T. Realmuto.
The catcher, who is represented by Van Wagenen’s former partner at CAA, has made it clear he wants to be traded from the rebuilding Marlins. The Fish, who have traded away most of their assets under the new ownership that includes former Yankee captain Derek Jeter, have made it clear they would want a king’s ransom of prospects and players in return.
A team source said the Mets found the Marlins’ asking price “high,” but said they would continue to be “aggressive” in trying to improve at catcher.
After dealing three of their top prospects in the trade to bring Cano and Diaz to New York, the Mets have limited resources to work with for a deal that would satisfy the Marlins. Amed Rosario, Michael Conforto and Brandon Nimmo have all been mentioned as possible cornerstone pieces in a deal that could bring back Realmuto, according to reports.
The Marlins have reportedly received many inquiries about Realmuto and have let it be known that they would prefer to deal him outside the National League East.
Realmuto hit .279/.310/.442 in five seasons in the big leagues.
Friday, the Mets tendered a contract to catcher Travis d’Arnaud, who has struggled to stay healthy and in the lineup.
“We like both of our catchers, we went into this thinking that if we could improve our defense behind the plate, we’d look to do that, but we’re not going to do that at the expense of making our team better,” Van Wagenen said. “Travis, we’re assuming he is going to come back healthy, we like his bat. Kevin (Plawecki) clearly has shown he can be an everyday player, or backup or a share starter. Both those players are a fit for us now. If we have to be open minded, if we have an opportunity to be, I guess productive in our pursuits.”
Van Wagenen also suggested that d’Arnaud, a career .245 hitter, could switch positions.
“Travis gives us additional possibilities and flexibility,” Van Wagenen said. “He has that athleticism to play left field, he has the motivation to play third base, motivation to play first base.”