Before signing free agent catcher Wilson Ramos, the Mets didn't want to do a one-for-one trade with the Marlins of Noah Syndergaard for J.T. Realmuto, a source told SNY's Andy Martino.
With Ramos on board, the Mets are now out on Realmuto, according to Martino, who said the team deemed the Marlins' asking price to be too high.
In other talks with the Marlins about Realmuto, Miami expressed interest in Brandon Nimmo, Michael Conforto, and Amed Rosario, reportedly asking for two of the three at one point.
The Mets have also discussed potential three-team trades that would have involved Syndergaard -- one where he would have wound up with the Yankees, and another where he would have wound up with the Padres with Realmuto going to the Mets.
Now that the Mets have their catcher, the belief is that Syndergaard is more likely to remain.
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This is to take nothing away from the value of Realmuto, who is a special talent in his prime, but the Marlins need to get their demands in check before they lose every potential suitor for him.
Already, the Mets, Nationals, and Braves have moved on. And with the Marlins reportedly asking the Dodgers for Cody Bellinger, it wouldn't be a surprise if they moved on soon as well.
Again, Realmuto is arguably the best catcher in baseball, but he has that label at a time when the state of catching throughout baseball is pretty putrid. And expecting the Mets to part with three years of Syndergaard for two years of Realmuto was simply not reasonable. Nor was the Marlins' reported request for two of Rosario, Nimmo, or Conforto.
Maybe the Marlins never really intended to trade Realmuto in the division and will lower their demands to something reasonable when dealing with the Dodgers or Reds or another team.
Either way, Mets GM Brodie Van Wagenen balking at an absurd ask and quickly moving on to his next target was the best course of action. The Mets now have their catcher, and the Marlins are still looking to trade away theirs.