Even though the Houston Astros signed catcher Robinson Chirinos to a one-year deal earlier in the month, they aren't done perusing the market. The Astros still remain interested in the Miami Marlins star backstop J.T. Realmuto, according to Jon Morosi of MLB.com.
Source: #Astros still interested in J.T. Realmuto, but #Marlins have yet to move off Forrest Whitley or Kyle Tucker as the centerpiece of a possible trade. Thus, there’s been no traction in trade discussions. @MLBNetwork @MLB— Jon Morosi (@jonmorosi) December 29, 2018
Talks between the two teams haven't gained any traction because the Marlins will not move off demanding either Astros top pitching prospect Forrest Whitley or top outfield prospect Kyle Tucker, who happen to be two of the most talented up-and-comers in baseball.
You can understand where both teams are coming from. The Marlins need to get this right, and if they are willing to trade arguably the best catcher in the game who is under club control for a couple more years, you can bet they'd want Whitley or Tucker.
On the flip side, you know where Houston is coming from, as these are two of the best young players in the game. It might take another team to step in and show real interest in Realmuto for the Astros to budge on one of them.