The Miami Marlins are beginning to run out of teams interested in trading for catcher J.T. Realmuto.
However, there are still some squads left trying to work out a deal at a potential bargain, including the now-reinvigorated Houston Astros.
The #Astros are back in the mix for #Marlins J.T. Realmuto. Top prospect Kyle Tucker remains a target for a potential deal. The #Padres also have interest, along with #Dodgers #Rays and more. Hard to say if there is a frontrunner at this point. Multiple teams involved.— Joe Frisaro (@JoeFrisaro) December 18, 2018
And yes, if you check out Houston's strong projected lineup, there does seem to be a clear hole at catcher.
How do you like this lineup?— Brian McTaggart (@brianmctaggart) December 18, 2018
The Astros expressed interest in Realmuto earlier this offseason, but were reluctant to meet the Marlins' asking price of either top prospects Kyle Tucker or Forrest Whitley, along with other pieces. It looks like either the Astros are beginning to reconsider, or the Marlins have lowered their asking price and could make the deal for just one of those prospects, excluding any additional players.
Per @JoeFrisaro, the #Astros, #Padres, #Dodgers & #Rays are among the teams interested in #Marlins' JT Realmuto. Here's what each has to offer in terms of prospects:— MLB Pipeline (@MLBPipeline) December 18, 2018
TB: https://t.co/9OPTYmluZ0 pic.twitter.com/IZoZmAV9Z7
It'll be interesting to see just how much the teams still in the mix on Realmuto are willing to part with to get him. While the Astros are chasing Realmuto, they could always try to sign free agent catcher Yasmani Grandal if they're reluctant to part with top prospects. They could also use that idea as leverage on the Marlins to get the asking price lowered.