Washington Nationals: 5 potential mid-season trade targets
By Drew Douglas
Matt Wieters and Jose Lobaton combined to form a horrific catching tandem in 2017, which possibly led to the Nats’ ultimate demise. Lobaton has since signed a minor league deal with the New York Mets, but Wieters will return in 2018.
As things currently stand, Pedro Severino and Raudy Read will compete in Spring Training for the role of back-up catcher. This is a fine solution for the first half, but the Nats may look to acquire a more experienced catcher for the stretch run and postseason.
If this is the case, J.T. Realmuto could be a perfect fit. The Nats have seen plenty of Realmuto, since he plays for their division rival, and there is a lot to like.
The 26-year-old backstop has established himself as one of the best catchers in the league, using his athleticism to become a fantastic all-around player. He would be an unorthodox trade candidate, considering he has three years of team control remaining, but the Marlins are in the midst of a full-fledged fire sale.
Realmuto has made it obvious that he wants out of Miami, but the Marlins’ asking price has proven to be too much for potential suitors. Their asking price will likely drop at the trade deadline, which is when the Nats should pounce on this rare opportunity.
If the Nats are able to acquire Realmuto, they will receive an elite catcher that is under team control through 2020. Opportunities like this do not arise everyday, and the Nats should be all over it if the price is reasonable.
Adding Realmuto to an already-potent lineup would create nightmares for opposing pitchers, and could potentially put the Nats over the top. Although it would be costly, trading for Realmuto would be worth it.