J.T. Realmuto was the best catcher in the MLB last season. He was one of the only bright spots on a horrible Miami Marlins team. Last year, Realmuto played in 125 games and had a .277 batting average with 21 homers. Also, he had a .340 on-base percentage, a .484 slugging percentage, 74 runs batted in, 30 doubles, and 3 triples. Another remarkable stat was that J.T. had an OPS (on-base plus slugging) of .825 while the league average for catchers was .678. His great year at the plate allowed him to lead all catchers in wins above replacement with the second place guy over a game behind him. Realmuto is just entering his prime as he will be turning 28 years old next season and is coming off his first All-Star game. It has been publicly known that J.T. wants out of Miami and his agent has made it clear, he will not sign an extension after the next 2 years of his contract are up.
The Milwaukee Brewers had a stellar 2018 campaign but a team can always get better. Adding Realmuto behind the plate would be an upgrade from last year’s Manny Pina and Erik Kratz. Together Pina and Kratz combined for 165 game appearances, a .244 batting average, and a .294 on-base percentage. They also combined for a .375 slugging percentage with 15 homers, 51 runs batted in, 19 doubles, and 2 triples. These numbers are fine but Realmuto eclipsed them by himself in less games. Sure, Kratz became a fan-favorite and Pina has a rocket for an arm but there is no denying J.T. can add another dynamic element to Milwaukee’s lineup. Barstool Sports baseball analyst, Jared Carrabis, believes the Brewers should have Realmuto as one of their number one targets this off-season. I agree, J.T. Realmuto is a great catcher entering his prime, there is no reason the Brewers should not make an offer
After an outstanding season where the Brewers made the National League Championship, they only have one place to go. The World Series. Of course, the Brewers would have to get rid of a few top prospects in order to land Realmuto. However, the window for championships are small and the Brewers are just entering theirs. Now is the time to capitalize. Other teams like the Phillies, Braves, Yankees, Astros, and Dodgers have been thrown into the Realmuto mix so Milwaukee will have to make a tantalizing offer. Top prospects like Keston Hiura, Marcos Diplan, Peyton Henry, Zack Brown, and Jacob Nottingham are a few of the names people can expect to hear if the Brewers are going to go after the All-Star catcher. Any package would have to definitely include Hiura and one of the pitchers like Diplan or Brown. Milwaukee hasn’t had a dynamic player behind the dish since Jonathan Lucroy in 2014 and adding Realmuto would make the Brewers favorites in the National League. So please David Stearns, work your magic and go after J.T. Realmuto.