MLB Trade Rumors: Latest on J.T. Realmuto, Edwin Encarnacion, Justin Smoak

Joel Reuter@JoelReuterBRFeatured ColumnistDecember 14, 2018

DETROIT, MI - JULY 29:  Edwin Encarnacion #10 of the Cleveland Indians celebrates after hitting a solo home run against the Detroit Tigers during the seventh inning at Comerica Park on July 29, 2018 in Detroit, Michigan. The Indians defeated the Tigers 8-1. (Photo by Duane Burleson/Getty Images)
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The MLB winter meetings have come to a close, but a wave of trade rumors continues in their aftermath.

The Miami Marlins are still taking offers for All-Star catcher J.T. Realmuto, the Seattle Mariners could be looking to deal another recently acquired trade chip, and the Colorado Rockies continue to scour the market for an upgrade at first base.

Ahead is a closer look at some of the latest notable trade rumors.

      

Six Teams Still in the Running for J.T. Realmuto

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The winter meetings came and went without a trade of J.T. Realmuto, but he continues to be a popular name on the rumor mill as the Miami Marlins search for a suitable trade partner.

Here's a quick rundown of the catching situation for those six teams:

  • Braves: Brian McCann/Tyler Flowers
  • Dodgers: Austin Barnes/Kyle Farmer
  • Mets: Kevin Plawecki/Tomas Nido
  • Padres: Austin Hedges/Francisco Mejia
  • Rays: Mike Zunino/Michael Perez
  • Reds: Tucker Barnhart/Curt Casali

Yasmani Grandal and Wilson Ramos are also still available on the free-agent market, so there are some appealing fallback options for teams that eventually miss out on Realmuto.

For now, the rumors will continue to swirl.

     

Edwin Encarnacion "Will Be Flipped" to the Rays

CLEVELAND, OH - AUGUST 31: Edwin Encarnacion #10 of the Cleveland Indians rounds the bases after hitting a solo homer during the seventh inning against the Tampa Bay Rays at Progressive Field on August 31, 2018 in Cleveland, Ohio. (Photo by Jason Miller/G
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The final day of the winter meetings brought another big trade involving the Seattle Mariners.

The three-team deal played out as follows, according to ESPN.com:

  • To SEA: DH Edwin Encarnacion, 2019 Comp Pick (No. 77 overall)
  • To CLE1B Carlos Santana, 1B/OF Jake Bauers
  • To TB: 3B Yandy Diaz, RP Cole Sulser

That said, it sounds like Mariners fans will want to hold off on buying an Encarnacion jersey.

The Rays are clearly lacking a proven middle-of-the-order run producer, and while Nelson Cruz has been a speculative fit, Encarnacion would similarly plug that hole in the offense.

The 35-year-old has hit at least 30 home runs in each of the past seven seasons, posting a 115 OPS+ with 32 home runs and 107 RBI in 2018.

      

Rockies Have "Discussed" Justin Smoak

TORONTO, ON - SEPTEMBER 20: Justin Smoak #14 of the Toronto Blue Jays watches as he hits a game-winning solo home run in the ninth inning during MLB game action against the Tampa Bay Rays at Rogers Centre on September 20, 2018 in Toronto, Canada. (Photo b
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The Rockies' search for a first baseman continues, and another interesting name can now be added to their list of targets.

Despite the favorable offensive climate of Coors Field serving as their home field, Rockies first basemen hit just .232/.314/.405 with 20 home runs and 79 RBI.

Smoak, 32, is owed $8 million in the final year of his contract and should be readily available given the Blue Jays' rebuilding path. He posted a 123 OPS+ with 34 doubles, 25 home runs and 77 RBI for 2.3 WAR last season.

     

All stats courtesy of Baseball Reference and FanGraphs, unless otherwise noted.  

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