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MLB Insider Has Update On Potential JT Realmuto Trade

A general view of the Miami Marlins stadium.

MIAMI, FL - MARCH 29: A view of Marlins Park during player introductions and the National Anthem at Opening Day between the Miami Marlins and the Chicago Cubs at Marlins Park on March 29, 2018 in Miami, Florida. (Photo by Mark Brown/Getty Images)

One of the top trade targets in baseball right now is Miami Marlins All-Star catcher J.T. Realmuto. Realmuto has been shopped all offseason but the Marlins want a major return for him.

The Mets looked like a potential landing spot for Realmuto until the team signed free agent backstop Wilson Ramos. Even with the Mets out of the running, the market for Realmuto remains robust.

A new report from MLB.com's Marlins reporter Joe Frisaro reports that the Houston Astros are "back in the mix" for the 27-year-old catcher. Houston is said to be dangling top outfield prospect Kyle Tucker.

They are one of several teams involved at moment, Frisaro says.

Tucker was the Astros' first-round pick in 2015. He made his major league debut in 2018, but struggled, hitting just .141 with three extra-base hits in 64 at-bats.

Houston employed three different primary catchers last season, rotating veteran Brian McCann, Max Stassi and mid-season trade acquisition Martin Maldonado. The Astros are pretty loaded as a whole but catcher is one position they could stand to upgrade.

Realmuto hit .277 last season with 21 home runs, 74 runs scored and 74 RBI. He was selected to his first All-Star game.