Dodgers Rumor Round-Up: Pollock, Pederson, Realmuto
By Jacob Rudner
The Dodgers have been linked to JT Realmuto for a long time. It’s going to happen, no it’s not, it should, no it shouldn’t and a whole lot more. It’s honestly been frustrating. But, with Pollock signed, a Realmuto trade becomes more and more reasonable and the talks should not be walking in an endless circle with no destination.
JT Realmuto is an All-Star catcher. Whether it takes Pederson and prospects or an enormous prospect package on its own, there are strong arguments that the cost is worth the purchase and Realmuto would be the perfect catcher to lead Russell Martin into battle in 2019.
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Now rope in the fact that you have an expendable Joc Pederson. There is smoke to the Realmuto fire all the sudden.
In my opinion, the Dodgers could have Realmuto easily and as soon as the price drops from outrageous to unreasonable, the team will swoop in and make the move to add the superstar catcher to the mix.
But let’s talk prospects. The Dodgers will have to depart with one of their two young catchers in Will Smith and Keibert Ruiz. Do that, and the catching future of the team is a lot less certain than it was before. However, if that catcher is Smith, the Dodgers are in an unbelievable and enviable spot in terms of backstops both now and for years to come.
I wouldn’t bank on this trade happening either. The Marlins have been like a scam artist that doesn’t do a very good job. They set up the scam with no way to influence teams to buy in. All they are left with are looks of foolishness concocted by asking prices that are way too high.
To wrap things up I’ll keep it simple. This offseason is not over and the Dodgers signing of AJ Pollock should only get the storm of moves started.