Report: J.T. Realmuto Contract Extension Discussed by Marlins Amid Trade Rumors

Joseph Zucker@@JosephZuckerFeatured ColumnistJuly 4, 2018

MIAMI, FL - JUNE 30:  J.T. Realmuto #11 of the Miami Marlins runs after hitting a 2-RBI double in the sixth inning against the New York Mets at Marlins Park on June 30, 2018 in Miami, Florida.  (Photo by Michael Reaves/Getty Images)
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Despite last-place status in the National League East with a 35-52 record, the Miami Marlins are in no rush to deal catcher J.T. Realmuto.

The Miami Herald's Barry Jackson reported the Marlins have discussed offering Realmuto a contract extension and that it would take "an astronomical offer" before the team would weigh a trade.

The Marlins have plenty of time before they need to offer Realmuto a contract. He's eligible for arbitration in 2019 and 2020 and will become an unrestricted free agent in 2021.

Realmuto is enjoying a career year. He's batting .306 and slugging .544 with 11 home runs and 38 RBI. His 3.2 WAR is first among catchers and tied for 12th among all position players, per FanGraphs.

The fact that the Marlins would consider an extension for Realmuto is somewhat surprising given his age. He turned 27 in March, so he's in the middle of his prime. By the time he's eligible for free agency, he'll be approaching 30.

Miami traded Dee Gordon, Christian Yelich, Marcell Ozuna and Giancarlo Stanton in the offseason, kicking off a substantial rebuild. By the time the team's in a position to contend again, Realmuto could be on the wrong side of the aging curve.

By re-signing Realmuto, ownership would be showing it's done cutting costs. But Realmuto arguably has more value to the Marlins as a trade asset given their state.

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