The rich get richer? The Houston Astros seem to be going after the last remaining star on the Miami Marlins roster in J.T. Realmuto, something that would make the team from Houston the team to beat in the "Big Leagues". With this in mind, the champions have engaged trade discussions with the Marlins for their catcher, J.T. Realmuto, according to Craig Mish, from Sirius XM.
Source : Houston Astros have engaged in trade discussions for JT Realmuto. OF Kyle Tucker is the ask by Miami. Astros are considering. 50% chance Realmuto is dealt before opening day.— Craig Mish (@CraigMish) 10 de febrero de 2018
The Marlins want in exchange the OF Kyle Tucker, and Houston are considering the offer, with the deal probably being made before Opening Day.
Realmuto recently spoke about the possibility of being traded to another team during the Marlins Fan Fest this saturday, stating that he hasn't talked with the CEO of the franchise, Derek Jeter about this issue.
Realmuto says he'shad multiple conversations with Hill & Mattingly but not Jeter and said Marlins haven't told him if will be traded or not.— Barry Jackson (@flasportsbuzz) 10 de febrero de 2018
Several reports claimed that the catcher asked the organization to be traded, after Giancarlo Stanton left the team for the Yankees.
The 26 year-old had the best season of his career in 2017, averaging .276 with 17 HR and 65 RBI in 141 games played.
The Astros were linked to Jonathan Lucroy at the beginning of this winter and have been looking for young players that could take up the position that will be left vacant after the 2018 season by Brian McCann.
McCann will be on the last year of his current contract that has a vesting option for 2019, but he has to have 1,000 plate appearances between the 2017 and 2018 seasons combined, 90 games caught and not ending on the DL in '18.
The 33-year-old only had 399 PA's in 2017 and needs 601 in 2018 just to get to the 1,000 mark, and he has never made to 600 plate appearances in a season.
Astros are one of the teams that don´t like to trade many of their prospects, but with the possibility of another couple of World Series championships in the horizon, anything could happen.
Realmuto is an asset behind the dish for any American or National League team. The 26-year-old is one of the only remaining catchers to be equally productive with the bat as he is snaring fastballs. He hit a career-high 17 home runs last season, with 87 assists and just six errors behind the plate. Realmuto is available for arbitration for the first time this winter.