With spring training just around the corner, J.T. Realmuto might still get his wish to be traded from the Miami Marlins.
The Houston Astros are in talks with the Marlins regarding a trade for the 26-year-old catcher, according to a report from Sirius XM’s Craig Mish.
The Marlins are reportedly seeking top outfield prospect Kyle Tucker from Houston as part of the return.
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) February 10, 2018
Realmuto reportedly requested to be traded back in December as the Marlins were dealing multiple All-Stars as a way to shed salary. The backstop spoke publicly about those rumors for the first time at Miami’s FanFest on Saturday.
“I know what you guys know,” Realmuto said. “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.”
Realmuto hit .278 with 17 home runs and 65 RBIs in 141 games last season. For his major league career, all with the Marlins, he owns a .280 batting average with 38 homers and 169 RBIs in 415 games.
Realmuto lost his arbitration case against the club earlier this month and will have a salary of $2.9 million in 2018. He won’t be eligible for free agency until after the 2020 season.
The Astros currently have veterans Brian McCann and Evan Gattis on their catching depth chart, though the two could just as easily split time at designated hitter if Realmuto is acquired.
Another Marlin to reportedly request a trade, new second baseman Starlin Castro, also spoke of his place with the team Saturday.
“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.”
Miami traded reigning NL MVP Giancarlo Stanton and All-Stars Marcell Ozuna, Christian Yelich and Dee Gordon in separate deals earlier this offseason.
–Field Level Media