The Houston Astros are coming off a 103-win season. But instead of winning the World Series again, they fell short against the Boston Red Sox in the ALCS. So now they’re gearing up for another playoff run. Despite losing Charlie Morton to the Rays and most likely losing Dallas Keuchel in free agency, they’re not giving up. Monday night, they signed former Cleveland outfielder Michael Brantley to a two-year deal. Now it sounds like they’re in on Marlins’ catcher J.T. Realmuto, according to MLB.com’s Joe Frisaro.
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 clearly doesn’t want to play in Miami anymore, and who can blame him. Last season, the Marlins would trade away one of the greatest outfields in baseball. After winning the NL MVP, Giancarlo Stanton was traded to the New York Yankees. They sent Christian Yelich to the Milwaukee Brewers, where he took home NFL MVP honors. Should we put money on St. Louis’ Marcell Ozuna? Probably.
But it’s going to take a lot to land Realmuto, who is slashing .286/.338/.454 with 92 doubles and 49 home runs over the past three seasons. He became an All-Star for the first time this past season. Getting good production out of the catcher position is a bonus for many teams. But if the Astros have what it takes to land him, they should certainly try.
Their window is still open.