San Diego Padres: Three catchers to target at the deadline

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San Diego Padres: Making a huge splash

The last guy on this list is a guy who has been considered a superstar for most of his big league career, and that is catcher J.T. Realmuto. A staple in Miami and now over the past couple of years in Philadelphia, the 29-year-old veteran is scheduled to hit free agency in 2021. He is on a one-year/$10 million deal.

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In terms of overall value, Realmuto would easily be the best acquisition of the three. It would also require more talent headed back to Philly in a deal, but depending on what the Phillies could ask in return, it may be worth asking about at a minimum.

Realmuto has put together a strong season in 2020. He is slashing .284/.333/.600, nine home runs, 25 RBI and 145 wRC+. Realmuto has been worth 1.1 WAR this year. San Diego should be willing to part with a package of prospects, and because of their depth in the minors, there wouldn’t be much of an issue to acquire Realmuto, even just as a rental. It will be interesting to follow how likely a target Realmuto could be before the deadline.