Dodgers: A Changing NL East Could Bring Big Pieces to LA

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HIROSHIMA, JAPAN – NOVEMBER 13: Catcher J.T. Realmuto #11 of the Miami Marlins grounds out in the bottom of 3rd inning during the game four between Japan and MLB All Stars at Mazda Zoom Zoom Stadium Hiroshima on November 13, 2018 in Hiroshima, Japan. (Photo by Kiyoshi Ota/Getty Images) /

J.T. Realmuto, C, Miami Marlins

J.T. Realmuto’s name has been floated around all off-season. While he has been linked to many teams, the Dodgers have an obvious need at catcher assuming Yasmani Grandal seeks a new start
Before the Rule 5 Draft, Michael Wittman broke down why the Dodgers had to hold onto Keibert Ruiz:

"Ruiz is the Dodgers’ catcher of the future and second-ranked prospect behind only Alex Verdugo.  While Ruiz is at least one more year away, he is the catcher of the future and a lock to be protected."

If the Dodgers want Realmuto to be their catcher for the remainder of his prime, they may have to deal away their current catching future. The Marlins would want a prospect of Ruiz’s caliber, probably more than one, for their last remaining All-Star. Besides Ruiz, the Dodgers would probably have to send a starting pitcher like Brock Stewart or Yadier Alvarez to Miami, along with an outfielder, maybe Andrew Toles, who could play every day for the Marlins.

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