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Astros looking to trade for J.T. Realmuto?

Houston was  linked to Jonathan Lucroy at the beginning of this winter

The World Champion Houston Astros haven't made any big moves this winter, but that could be changing soon.

According to Jon Heyman of FanRag Sports, the Astros could be interested in trading for young catcher J.T. Realmuto from the Marlins.

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.

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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.}

Heyman also indicated that the 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.

On Thursday, Jon Morosi of MLB.com informed that the Marlins' rebuild will not end at Giancarlo Stanton, Marcell Ozuna and Dee Gordon. As Miami is engaged in active trade discussions with multiple teams regarding both outfielder Christian Yelich and catcher Realmuto.

The Marlins are not in an imminent rush to move either Yelich or Realmuto and, unsurprisingly, the asking price for both players remains high.

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Yelich is equipped for just about any squad as an outfielder. The 26-year-old has spent four full seasons with the Marlins, batting .290 over his career and winning the National League Gold Glove Award in 2014. Yelich finished the '17 season slashing .282/.369/.439 with 16 stolen bases. 

In the case of Realmuto, he 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.

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If Miami continues to part with most of its starting lineup, the retail price for Yelich and Realmuto will be immense. Many teams are expected to be in the mix.

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