2. J.T. Realmuto, Miami Marlins
I know, I know, when you clicked onto an article about right-handed hitters that the Los Angeles Dodgers can add this winter I know that the first name you thought of was one of the biggest names of the winter, J.T. Realmuto.
I just had to throw you a bit of a Clayton Kershaw 12-6 curveball and start the article with someone else. Here, now you have it, the big fish that you were expecting.
Realmuto is probably the best offensive catcher in baseball and is one of very few people that is actually an offensive upgrade from Yasmani Grandal behind the dish. As much of a headache as Grandal was, good hitting catchers are so hard to come by in the MLB.
Not only is Realmuto the best hitting catcher but he is one the of best hitters in the league, period. Realmuto would slide right into the fifth or sixth spot in the order to serve as a right-handed presence right behind Bryce Harper, or if not Harper, whoever is the clean-up hitter.
He is not a nuisance against right-handed pitching, either, which eliminates the sometimes forced platoons with Austin Barnes that the team had last season.
Potential suitors for Realmuto are dropping out of the race as the winter goes on because of the Marlins’ usual high-asking price. As the price dwindles down, perhaps Andrew Friedman can work out a deal that does not have to include top prospects, Alex Verdugo or Keibert Ruiz.