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The Miami Marlins probably have one more star left to trade, and it looks like the Washington Nationals want him.

This offseason has been nothing but depressing for Marlins fans. So far Giancarlo Stanton, Dee Gordon, Marcell Ozuna and Christian are all gone. At the very least, the Marlins would receive a nice package for Yelich. But there’s not much else to say. The Marlins are tearing it all down. They’re cutting costs wherever they can. But there’s just one more piece left who does not want to be there. And it’s their catcher, J.T. Realmuto.

Fortunately for the young backstop, the Nationals want him. But it’s not going to be cheap. Earlier reports indicate that the Marlins are asking for their top prospect, Victor Roache, in return. And here’s the thing: the Nationals desperately need help at catcher.

As a unit in 2017, no team would rank worse in terms of production from their catchers. How does a triple-slash of .211/.276/.320 sound? How about a -1.1 WAR. While WAR is certainly not a perfect stat, there’s just no positive way to spin this. If the Nationals land Realmuto, watch out. Adam Eaton is going to be back. Bryce Harper is still and town. And suddenly, Ryan Zimmerman is a productive baseball player again.

There’s already a lot to like in Washington, and this would only help. Then, it becomes all about winning a playoff series.

Baby steps.

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