5 players the Atlanta Braves should consider trading for

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MIAMI, FL – SEPTEMBER 4: J.T. Realmuto #11 of the Miami Marlins hits a home run in the eighth inning against the Philadelphia Phillies at Marlins Park on September 4, 2018 in Miami, Florida. (Photo by Eric Espada/Getty Images)

J.T. Realmuto

The Braves have already extended Tyler Flowers who is one of the better pitch framing catchers in baseball, and he needs somebody to platoon with… or backup.

The likelihood of the Braves resigning Flowers’ duo partner, Kurt Suzuki, seems unlikely to happen as the Braves will be active in upgrading the catcher position. The aging veteran duo can’t hold down the fort forever.

The Braves have the prospect capital to get a deal for Realmuto done, and a move like this would help the Braves tremendously. Realmuto is offensively one of the best catchers in the game, he can hose down runners on the base paths, and is actually a threat on the base paths with his speed which makes him a very unique catcher.

The real trick will be two-fold:  (a) getting Miami’s attention with enough – but not too many – Braves’ prospects to deal away, and (b) out-bidding the other serious suitors, which are likely to include Houston, Washington, the Dodgers, and likely up to 3 or 4 more clubs.

Having Flowers with the team for 2019 could benefit Realmuto because Realmuto is one of the league’s worst pitch framing catchers (hey he does have a weakness!) while Flowers is one of the best.

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