J.T. Realmuto has become the hottest commodity on the trade market this offseason, with seemingly every contending team in the mix for his services. However, the Marlins' asking price for their young backstop has turned many teams off, as they prefer to cling to their top prospects.
The Houston Astros should not be one of those teams, and should offer up Kyle Tucker, their No. 1 prospect, in a deal to acquire the coveted catcher.
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
Realmuto is a great fit anywhere, but especially in Houston. When's the last time you looked at that depth chart?
The idea of a big-time contender like the Astros holding on to a guy like Tucker when they can move him for proven talent is ridiculous. Prospects are nothing more than lottery tickets until they show the world that they are worth the hype, and the Astros would be better served if they go ahead and add Realmuto instead of waiting on Tucker to develop.
There also is currently no place for Tucker to start in Houston, as the Michael Brantley signing filled up the outfield and cleared a path for the team to move on from him.
#Astros agree with LHH Michael Brantley on 2yr deal as first reported by the Athletic’s @Ken_Rosenthal ……that signing should set the stage now for a possible Kyle Tucker to the #Marlins for J.T. Realmuto deal…maybe DH Nelson Cruz and most assuredly a middle of rotation starter— Jim Bowden (@JimBowdenGM) December 18, 2018
The Astros need to continue to improve their team in order to keep up with the AL East powers and fend off the pesky A's. Even though they are already set at catcher, Realmuto is a clear upgrade over Max Stassi and Robinson Chirinos and gives them a better chance at competing for a World Series.
For the type of player that Realmuto is, and how powerful his addition will make their team, Tucker is a small price to pay, and the Astros would be out of their minds not to see that.
Make the deal, Luhnow.