In an odd way, the now storied connection between JT Realmuto and the Dodgers has developed into a Brian Dozier-esque situation: the Dodgers want someone, they talk about it for two years, the price is too high and nothing happens despite the rumors. Dozier’s story ended in a Dodgers uniform and while Realmuto is yet to follow suit, the Dodgers’ expressed and still remaining interest in the young catcher could indicate something to come following the new year’s break.
Realmuto’s suitors throughout the course of this offseason have included the Rays, Mets, Phillies, Yankees and Braves. All of them are gone. The Marlins astronomical asking price has been preventative of anything moving forward and, not surprisingly, the Dodgers and their loaded farm system remain interested at the very least.
If the price gets haggled down to even semi-reasonable, the catcherless Dodgers could very well be inclined to make a move and add Realmuto to the roster. However, if the cost does not permit, Realmuto’s chance to join the Dodgers could be over as Keibert Ruiz and Will Smith project to be the starting catchers come 2020.
The rumors on Realmuto have gone quiet lately perhaps due to the holidays or, more likely because the asking price is through the roof and into the heavens. Regardless, it is a situation well worth watching.