TOKYO (AP) — Miami Marlins catcher J.T. Realmuto is not letting business rumors develop into a distraction both at domestic or in Japan, the place he’s lately a part of an MLB All-Superstar excursion.

Marlins president of baseball operations Michael Hill has brushed aside discuss buying and selling Realmuto, however his agent, Jeff Berry, predicted that his shopper can be with a special staff through spring coaching.

“It is not a dialogue for me to have, in truth,” Realmuto stated Friday. “It is not my determination whether or not I am getting traded or no longer. It is as much as the Marlins. No matter they need to do with me, that is as much as them. So for me, there’s truly no dialogue available. My task is to turn up and play baseball.”

Hill declined to mention whether or not Realmuto knowledgeable the Marlins he would possibly not signal a long-term contract with them.

The Astros, Angels, A’s, Braves, Mets and Nationals are a number of the groups searching for an improve in the back of the plate.

“To be truthful, I’m attempting to not consider that an excessive amount of at this time,” Realmuto stated. “I am simply out right here seeking to have a great time with my teammates right here, more or less put all that stuff in the back of me till subsequent week and simply more or less revel in my enjoy right here.”

The 27-year-old Realmuto was once a first-time All-Superstar this yr and had 21 homers and 74 RBIs, each occupation highs, whilst batting .277. He had a $2.Nine million wage after shedding in arbitration, and is eligible for arbitration this iciness and once more following the 2019 season.

After shedding 98 video games and completing closing within the majors in runs, the Marlins have made a hitting improve their precedence.

In the meantime, Realmuto is having a blast in Japan. He drove in two runs, together with a solo homer, in Thursday’s warm-up towards the Yomiuri Giants, which the MLB squad gained Nine-6. He’s scheduled to be in the back of the plate in Recreation 2 of the six-game collection towards Japan’s nationwide staff at Tokyo Dome.

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