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Reds 'very proactive' in trade talks for Marlins' J.T. Realmuto

By Alex Butler
Reds 'very proactive' in trade talks for Marlins' J.T. Realmuto
Miami Marlins catcher J.T. Realmuto is congratulated in the dugout after scoring off of a three run home run from Martin Prado against the Washington Nationals in the second inning on July 5 at Nationals Park in Washington, D.C. Photo by Kevin Dietsch/UPI | License Photo

Jan. 29 (UPI) -- The Cincinnati Reds are eyeing Miami Marlins catcher J.T. Realmuto as part of a potential trade.

A source told MLB.com that Reds president of baseball operations Dick Williams and general manager Nick Krall are "being very proactive in their efforts" to acquire the All-Star backstop.

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Sources also told MLB.com that the Reds' 2018 first-round draft pick Jonathan India is among the names being discussed in a potential swap. The Los Angeles Dodgers and San Diego Padres are also in talks with the Marlins regarding the catcher and are seeking the best package of two to four prospects in the swap.

The Marlins have also shown interest in Reds star prospects Nick Senzel, Taylor Trammell and Hunter Greene, in addition to India.

The Atlanta Braves have also been linked to the Marlins catcher.

Senzel is the No. 6 prospect in baseball, according to MLB Pipeline. Trammell is the No. 16 overall prospect, while Greene lands at No. 31. India -- the No. 3 overall pick in the 2018 MLB June Amateur Draft is ranked as the No. 53 prospect.

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Realmuto, 27, hit .277 with 21 home runs and 74 RBIs in 125 games last season for the Marlins, earning his first All-Star selection.

The five-year veteran owns a career .279 batting average with 59 long balls in 540 games for the Marlins.

Realmuto is set to make $5.9 million this season and is eligible for arbitration in 2020.

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