Two veterans the Marlins are counting on to be fixtures in the everyday lineup are ready for Spring Training to start on Wednesday, but their status still may change before Opening Day or at some point during the season. Until informed otherwise, catcher J.T. Realmuto and second baseman Starlin Castro are ready to play ball, eager to not create any waves in the Marlins' clubhouse. The two attended FanFest presented by Papa John's on Saturday at Marlins Park. "I know what you guys know," Realmuto said in his first public statements of the offseason. "Obviously, there's trade rumblings and people out there talking about it. But for me, I'm just getting ready to play the season. That's all I can do. I'm ready to be here, ready to play the season, whether it is in Miami or somewhere else. I'm just here to do my job and play baseball." Castro, acquired in December from the Yankees as part of the Giancarlo Stanton trade, made it clear he is embracing his opportunity to be with a rebuilding team in Miami. "They told me they're happy to have me be here, and I'm happy too," Castro said. "I'm going to be out there and try to play hard. Everybody has to do their job, like me. I think we're going to be together and fight together." As important as Miami's rebuilding process will be towards developing sustainable success long term, the organization knows that all the players on the current roster must buy in.
Castro no longer wants Marlins to trade him
MLB.com | Feb 11