Rich Schultz/Getty ImagesContrary to prior reports Carlos
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, the Atlanta Braves reportedly have yet to make a
trade offer for Miami Marlins catcher J.T. Realmuto.SiriusXM's Craig Mish
reported Wednesday that the Braves made Miami a "strong offer" and that the
Marlins were "operating as though a trade is likely to happen."In response,
Fancred's Jon Heyman reported that the Braves "have yet to make any offer"
involving Realmuto.The 27-year-old was named an All-Star for the first time last
season, as he hit .277 and led the Marlins with 21 home runs and 74 RBI.Realmuto
was one of the few remaining core pieces in Miami after it purged the roster
last offseason by trading outfielders Giancarlo Stanton, Christian Yelich and
Marcell Ozuna.PerSpotrac, Realmuto played at a salary of just $2.9 million in
2018, and he is arbitration-eligible for the next two seasons before becoming a
free agent in 2021.Atlanta could be an ideal landing spot for Realmuto if the
Marlins decide to part ways with him.While backup catcher Tyler
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, 32, is under contract for the next two seasons, 2018
starter Kurt Suzuki is a free agent. The 35-year-old hit .271 with 12 home runs
and 50 RBI last season, and the Braves would likely replace and eclipse that
production by trading for Realmuto.One potential issue is the fact that the
Marlins and Braves both reside in the NL East, although Miami didn't shy away
from keeping both Yelich and Ozuna in the National League last year with trades
to the Milwaukee Brewers and St. Louis Cardinals, respectively.The Braves went a
surprising 90-72 last season to win the NL East ,
and Realmuto would be a good fit on an Atlanta team that features a strong mix
of youngsters such as Ozzie Albies and Ronald Acuna Jr. as well as veterans like
Freddie Freeman and Ender Inciarte. CARLSBAD, Calif. (AP) — The Los Angeles
Dodgers have exercised their option on Dave Roberts’ contract for 2019 while
continuing to work on a long-term deal for the manager who has taken the team to
consecutive World Series.Andrew Friedman, the Dodgers president of baseball
operations, says the team is “optimistic about working something out
long-term.”“The reason that we’ve kind of slowed down a little bit is we’ve got
a lot of coaching staff decisions to make and interviews,” Friedman said
Wednesday at the general manager’s meetings. “I think it speaks more to the
optimism that something is going to definitely get done and allows us to kind of
focus on what we need to near-term.”Roberts just finished his third season as
the Dodgers’ skipper, when Los Angeles lost the World Series in five games to
the Boston Red Sox. The Dodgers lost the 2017 World Series in seven games to the
Houston Astros.He has led the Dodgers to seasons of 91 Dexter
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, 104 and 92 wins, and is 287-200 overall.
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