Report: Marlins rejected Nats' offer for J.T. Realmuto

Josh Luckenbaugh
July 30, 2018 - 7:17 am
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While many Nationals fans are calling for the team to sell some players and rebuild for next season, Mike Rizzo is apparently trying to acquire one of baseball's best catchers. 

According to MLB analyst and former Nats GM Jim Bowden, Washington made an offer to the Marlins for J.T. Realmuto. In fact, the report indicates the Nats' proposal included top prospect Victor Robles and catcher Spencer Kieboom. 

However, the Marlins rejected the deal. 

"I don't understand why they would reject the offer," Bowden said during an appearance on CBS Sports HQ. "You would get Robles for six years, you only have two and a half years left on J.T Realmuto. So six years of Robles, or two and a half of Realmuto? That's a pretty no-brainer."

"They could change their mind by Tuesday. I would if I were them, but this is really stultifying."

Realmuto demonstrated why the Nats would want him in their lineup during Washington's four-game series against the Marlins this weekend. The All-Star catcher collected seven hits in the series, including a walk-off RBI single in Miami's 2-1, 10-inning win on Saturday.

After the game, Bryce Harper made a statement that seems all the more pointed now given the reports of a potential trade offer. 

Robles recently returned to AAA Syracuse after a rehab assignment in the Gulf Coast League. The Nats have previously made the 21-year old outfielder untouchable in trade talks, so the fact he's on the table now shows Rizzo and the front office mean business. 

With the trade deadline not until Tuesday, a deal could still happen. But for now, Realmuto remains a Marlin, and the Nats remain well out of a playoff spot

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