Realmuto signed a one-year, $5.9 million deal with the Marlins on Friday, avoiding arbitration, Jon Heyman of FancredSports.com reports. Realmuto and the Marlins were able to reach a number without the help of an arbiter despite the backstop reportedly having no interest in signing with the team long term. He's under control for two more seasons. Rumors persist that those seasons will be spent outside of Miami though no trade currently appears imminent.
Atlanta does not plan to hold further talks with the Marlins about Realmuto, Mark Bowman of MLB.com reports. The Braves haven't been in touch with the Marlins within the past five days. They appear to be moving on after signing Brian McCann three weeks ago.
Realmuto's agent, Jeff Berry, said that he doesn't expect the backstop to be with the Marlins in 2019, Jon Morosi of MLB Network reports. "I think he will definitely be wearing a different uniform by the start of spring training," the agent told MLB Network Radio on Tuesday. Berry made it clear that Realmuto, who is eligible for arbitration in 2019 and 2020 before becoming an unrestricted free agent in 2021, is unwilling to negotiate a long-term deal with the Marlins. Realmuto hit .277/.340/.484 with 21 homers and three stolen bases en route to his first All-Star selection in 2018.
Realmuto is not in Sunday's lineup against the Mets, Joe Frisaro of MLB.com reports. Realmuto will finish the season on the bench for the second straight game and was 1-for-15 with six strikeouts in his last four games. Chad Wallach will start at catcher and bat seventh for the Marlins. Realmuto has a .277/.340/.484 slash line with 21 home runs and 74 RBI, although he could still make an appearance off the bench Sunday.
Realmuto will hit the bench Saturday against the Mets, Clark Spencer of the Miami Herald reports. Realmuto sits for the second time in three games. Bryan Holaday will get the start behind the plate in his place.