Aug 29, 2013; Houston, TX, USA; Houston Astros catcher Jason Castro (15) drives in a run with a double during the fourth inning against the Seattle Mariners at Minute Maid Park. Mandatory Credit: Troy Taormina-USA TODAY Sports

MLB Rumors: Houston Astros receiving trade interest in Jason Castro

The Houston Astros didn’t have much to be proud of last season, at least on their Major League roster, though catcher Jason Castro was one of the few bright spots.

So bright, in fact, that teams have been reportedly calling the Astros attempting to acquire the backstop in a trade – this according to Jon Heyman:

The Astros are receiving significant interest in star catcher Jason Castro, and once big free agents like Brian McCann and Jarrod Saltalamacchia go off the board, things could possibly intensify.

As Heyman hints, the free agent market for catchers is extremely thin once McCann, Saltalamacchia and Carlos Ruiz are signed. That has likely lead to teams attempting to avoid paying a higher price for Castro by making trade offers before those players sign, creating an even more desperate market.

The 26-year-old backstop hit .276 with 18 home runs and 56 RBI for the Astros in 2013, doing so in just 435 at-bat’s.

There’s no word on if the Astros will move the talented backstop, though, it’s believed many in the organization feel 22-year-old Max Stassi is their catcher of the future.

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