Trade talks between the Miami Marlins and New York Mets regarding All-Star catcher J.T. Realmuto are progressing, but the Mets are reportedly hesitant to part with shortstop Amed Rosario, according to Jon Heyman of Fancred Sports.
The Marlins also like outfielders Brandon Nimmo and/or Michael Conforto in any potential deal, Heyman reports. According to Jim Bowden of MLB Network, Miami's early asking price has been both Conforto and Rosario, which is too steep for the Mets.
Rosario, 23, completed his first full season in the major leagues in 2018, posting a .256/.295/.381 slash line with nine home runs and 24 stolen bases over 154 games. While coming through the Mets' system he was considered one of the top prospects in baseball.
Meanwhile, Conforto and Nimmo have each logged impressive starts to their careers. Conforto, 25, began his big-league career in 2015. Since then the lefty-swinging outfielder owns an .825 OPS over 427 career games. The 25-year-old Nimmo played half a season in 2017 before breaking out in 2018 with a remarkable .404 on-base percentage in 140 games.
The Mets have already pulled from their prospect depth, shipping both Jarred Kelenic and Justin Dunn to the Seattle Mariners in the Robinson Cano trade, which could hamper New York's chances of luring Realmuto from the Marlins.
Over the past three seasons, no catcher has been worth more WAR than Realmuto, according to FanGraphs. The 27-year-old has recorded a .286/.338/.454 slash line since the beginning of 2016, with 49 home runs and 23 stolen bases. Realmuto is entering his second year of arbitration eligibility and won't hit the open market until after the 2020 season.