Should the New York Mets actually trade Amed Rosario for J.T. Realmuto, the borough of Queens will need the National Guard.

Robby Sabo

Jared Kelenic is one thing. Justin Dunn is another. Amed Rosario would fall under an entirely different and unique category.

Trading away the key cornerstone farm asset of an entire franchise would bring mind-blowing reactions fit to suit our current American political stratosphere. Unfortunately (perhaps) for New York Mets fandom, the idea is closer to reality than anybody would have ever guessed a mere week ago.

As reported earlier in the week by The Athletic’s Ken Rosenthal, the Metropolitans remain “aggressive” in their pursuit of Miami Marlins All-Star catcher J.T. Realmuto.

Jon Heyman of Fancred promptly backed that report up with the Marlins’ interests. Michael Conforto, Brandon Nimmo and the aforementioned Rosario all remain options. As of right now, it appears as though Rosario is the piece Derek Jeter’s organization craves. It’s also reported that New York is hesitant on Rosario.

If any three of those Mets young pieces find his way traded to the NL East division rival, the fanbase will lose its mind. Should it be young Rosario, forget about it. The National Guard would have to make an unannounced powerful appearance in Queens.

Rosario, 23, hasn’t even hit the bottom rung of his massive potential. In 154 games this past season, the impressively-standing shortstop smashed nine home runs to go along with 51 runs batted in and 24 stolen bases. He also slashed .256/.295/.381.

The first half of the season was disastrous. Rosario couldn’t find his footing on the big-league level during his first full season. The kid delivered five homers and 28 runs produced while hitting .268 in the second half (just 64 games). The first major glimpse into his star shortstop stardom had popped off yet Brodie Van Wagenen and his suits are willing to toss his name into discussions.

Again, National Guard time. Just take a look at the reactions via a rumor-based period:

The incredibly interesting aspect to the topic is that a Rosario for Realmuto deal might just be the right move to make.

Realmuto, 27, is a stud. While, admittedly, he paid his dues at The Show level, 2018 is when it all came together.

The available catcher is, arguably, the best all-around backstop in the game today. In addition to hitting 21 home runs, he drove in 74 runs while showcasing speed on the basepaths and one of the best defensive skillsets at the position.

In 2017, Realmuto collected 17 home runs while hitting .278. In 2016, he rounded the bases freely just 11 times while hitting .303. In 2015, the first season in which he manned down the starting gig, he hit .259 with just 10 homers.

J.T. Realmuto—who’ll turn 28 in March—is not an offensive stud. He’ll also never flourish into anything above his current numbers. On the other hand, he’ll instantly improve the team’s defense by epic levels while also bolstering the entire pitching staff.

These are the hidden baseball attributes fans sometimes overlook. But is it good enough to trade away a 23-year-old possible stud (Rosario) in every fashion?

This is why, should the deal go down with Rosario involved, emotions will be running wild. Forget emotions, bad words will be spread like wildfire. Part of it comes down to know fully understanding Realmuto’s true value. Another slice of it can be attributed to how Rosario played down the stretch last summer.

Whatever the reason and tilt of the result, if the New York Mets actually acquire J.T. Realmuto in exchange for young Amed Rosario, call the troops. They’ll be necessary for a good 48 hours.

5 COMMENTS

  1. horrible article…. 4 or 5 years of good talent control to trade for 2 years of elite control is not earth shattering or lopsided but there shouldn’t be anything else of value included if one of these studs were involved. Rosario straight up is the most I’d do. It’s likely a much wiser decision to just sign Grandal, Pollock, and a Miller type and keep all of these studs, off season done. You wouldn’t notice league average catchers in that kind of lineup and most playoff teams aren’t fielding Realmuto types if anyone’s noticed.

  2. I’m all in on a trade of Rosario for Realmuto. Throw in Smith and One of our catchers and a couple other “bench” players. Rosario is decent but he doesn’t impress me. Half the year he sucked. We cannot win by keeping the same players we currently have.

  3. You gotta assume, like Yelich, JT’s offensive production goes up not playing half his games in one of the worst hitting parks in baseball. His OPS away from Miami was .870. Whoever gets JT, is gonna get a better offensive player than the current numbers say. Also, the guy who said the Marlins just gave their players away, clearly didn’t pay attention, and hasn’t. For Yelich Miami got a top 20 prospect in Brinson. A top 100 guy in Harrison and a top 10 2nd base prospect and former top 100 guy in Diaz. And the 4th guy has been phenomenal. It wasn’t a great year for the trio, but the value was there, and the potential with all 3 is still there. And if he’s a Mets fan, you’d think he’d have a little more respect for the Ozuna headliner Sandy Alcantara. Dee Gordon brought back Nick Neidert, who was fantastic most the year and was named the Marlins Minor League Pitcher of the Year. Not bad at all, and plenty of potential in the returns for those 3 guys. As for Stanton, that was clearly a special circumstance. Marlins wanted that contract gone, and his full no trade clause on top of that contract really limited their ability to get value. They still didn’t do terrible. Stanton pretty much justified them taking advantage of his MVP (anomaly) season and unloading that future burden. Guzman has a million dollar arm, if he could just ever learn to control it. Still young, still lots of upside. Devers is a young kid with solid potential. And Castro, he put up nearly the same WAR as Stanton last year. So, really, the Marlins come out as a winner just by getting rid of that 265 million dollars for a player likely to become Chris Davis over the last half of that deal. Marlins didn’t do that bad at all considering all things. Today though, they have something they didn’t have last year, even as good as Yelich n others were for them. They have a rare commodity, in the prime of his career to sell, an all around great catcher. The best in the game currently. That’s why half the league has interest. Marlins are right to ask for the moon and the stars. They have a bidding war to create, and there’s no doubt one will start. They’d be foolish not to have crazy high demands.

  4. This specific one is neither pushing nor condemning the idea. The point is simply this: the majority of Mets fans will lose their minds if it happens.

    The comments thus far are promising, but I’m thinking these comments are not coming from the casual fan (who will lose his/her mind in not understanding the deal fully).