Astros Trade Rumors: J.T. Realmuto, Kyle Tucker Swap Discussed with Marlins

Adam Wells@adamwells1985Featured ColumnistFebruary 10, 2018

FILE - In this Aug. 24, 2017, file photo, Miami Marlins' J.T. Realmuto dives into home plate with a with a two-run inside the park home run against the Philadelphia Phillies during the sixth inning of a baseball game, in Philadelphia, Pa. A person familiar with the situation says Miami Marlins catcher J.T. Realmuto has requested a trade in the wake of the team’s latest payroll purge. The person confirmed the request to The Associated Press on condition of anonymity Monday, Dec. 18, 2017, because the Marlins didn’t comment. (AP Photo/Rich Schultz, File)
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As the Miami Marlins continue to sell off their most valuable assets, catcher J.T. Realmuto has emerged as a potential target for the Houston Astros

Per SiriusXM's Craig Mish, the Marlins have asked the Astros for outfield prospect Kyle Tucker in discussions for Realmuto. 

Jeff Berry, Realmuto's agent, told Barry Jackson of the Miami Herald that his client prefers to be traded by the Marlins before the start of spring training. 

“No matter how his arbitration hearing turned out, J.T.’s preference remains the same,” Berry said. “He would like to be traded to another organization before spring training so he has an opportunity to compete for a championship.”

The Marlins have been among the most active MLB teams this offseason after trading Giancarlo Stanton, Dee Gordon, Christian Yelich and Marcell Ozuna. 

Tucker ranked No. 17 on MLB.com's top 100 prospects for this season. The 21-year-old hit .274/.346/.528 in 120 games at High-A and Double-A in 2017. 

Realmuto, who will make $2.9 million in 2018 after losing his arbitration case, set career highs with 17 home runs and a .451 slugging percentage last year. 

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