We’re all getting impatient with this J.T. Realmuto situation. Midway between the end of the 2018 regular season and Opening Day 2019, the Marlins’ most obvious trade candidate doesn’t seem particularly close to changing uniforms.
Jon Morosi of MLB Network explains why talks between the Marlins and Astros currently have “no traction” as we prepare to ring in the new year
Houston has won more than 100 games in each of the past two seasons. Hungry to maintain that standard of excellence, they’ve been among the most active American League teams during an otherwise slow-paced winter. Signings of free agents Michael Brantley and Robinson Chirinoshelped, but the Astros aren’t content yet—Juan Toribio of The Athletic identified them as a finalist in the bidding for new Twins slugger Nelson Cruz, and Marc Carig hears that Metsreliever Seth Lugo is a trade target.
The only other available catcher who’s performance is somewhat comparable to Realmuto is Yasmani Grandal. However, signing him would restrict Houston’s payroll flexibility, as Jorge Castillo of the Los Angeles Times reports that a four-year, $60 million offer from the Mets wasn’t enough.