By Lewis Gould
During yesterday’s Zoomer, Nats GM Mike Rizzo indicated the Nationals are prepared to have Yan Gomes catch a majority of games.
That would seem to knock them out of the running for a new No. 1 catcher, most notably the highly coveted J.T. Realmuto.
“I think Yan’s capable of it,” Rizzo said. “He’s done it on championship-caliber clubs in Cleveland and with us. It’s such a demanding, physically taxing position that we certainly would like to take a little bit of burden off him. But I think he’s capable of playing 90 to 110 games at least. And we’re certainly going to have to get him a complement over there.”
The 29-year-old Realmuto is among the biggest-name free agents on the market this winter and is expected to command one of the biggest contracts handed out. Rizzo has long coveted him but previously refused to trade then-prospects Juan Soto and Victor Robles to the Marlins for him.