Realmuto focused on MLB Japan All-Star Series amid trade speculation
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Despite the constant trade rumors swirling around Miami Marlins catcher J.T. Realmuto, he's trying to leave the distractions at home as he enjoys the MLB Japan All-Star Series.

"I'm just out here trying to have a good time with my teammates here," the first-time All-Star said this week in Tokyo, according to Jim Armstrong of the Associated Press. "Kind of put all that stuff (trade rumors) behind me until next week and just kind of enjoy my experience here."

Although his agent, Jeff Berry, believes his client will "definitely be wearing another uniform by the start of spring training," Realmuto knows his future is ultimately in the hands of the Marlins.

"It's not a discussion for me to have, honestly," Realmuto said. "It's not my decision whether I get traded or not. It's up to the Marlins. ... My job is to show up and play baseball."

Realmuto has garnered significant interest as one of the best offensive catchers in MLB, but Marlins president of baseball operations Michael Hill doesn't appear eager to move on from the 27-year-old.

The five-year Marlin had a career season at the plate in 2018, hitting .277/.340/.484 with a career-high 21 home runs and 74 RBIs while leading all catchers in FanGraphs WAR (4.8).

Realmuto earned $2.9 million this year after losing his arbitration case. He's eligible for arbitration this winter and following the 2019 season.

Meanwhile, in Japan, Realmuto was instrumental in the MLB All-Stars' 9-6 win over the Yomiuri Giants on Thursday, going 2-for-4 with a home run and two RBIs. The contest served as a warmup for a six-game series against the Japan national team.

Realmuto focused on MLB Japan All-Star Series amid trade speculation
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