The Cincinnati Reds continue to work on offseason trades in what has been their busiest offseason in years.
The latest reports indicate they’re pursuing Miami Marlins catcher J.T. Realmuto, an All Star in 2018 who hit .277 with 21 home runs and 74 RBIs.
According to Jon Heyman, of the MLB Network, the Marlins are interested in a number of the Reds’ top prospects, including last year’s first-round pick, Jonathan India, and Hunter Greene, Nick Senzel and Taylor Trammell.
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Tucker Barnhart also could be included in a trade for Realmuto, Heyman reported.
Joe Frisaro, of MLB.com, reported the Los Angeles Dodgers and San Diego Padres are also interested in Realmuto, a 27-year-old from Oklahoma who was drafted in the third round in 2010.
Barnhart has played five seasons for the Reds. He hit .248 last season with 10 home runs and 46 RBIs. He won the National League Gold Glove Award in 2017.
In 2017, Barnhart signed four-year contract extension through 2021 with a club option for 2022. The deal was worth $23 million, including a $1.75 million bonus.
Reds are indeed very much in Realmuto mix. Cincy prospects Hunter Greene, Nick Senzel and Taylor Trammell are thought of interest to Miami, though Reds likely prefer not to include any of those 3. Possibility vet catcher Tucker Barnhart could be included in potential deal as well— Jon Heyman (@JonHeyman) January 28, 2019
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