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:
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.