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4 catchers Astros should keep their eyes on by the trade deadline

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Kansas City Royals, MJ Melendez
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Royals: MJ Melendez

Looking at similar trade bait, using Lee, Castro and Barreto to obtain MJ Melendez would be a definite plus. At 23, Melendez is also just starting out his career and is currently slashing .270/.330/.472 with an OPS at .802 while smashing four home runs and driving in nine in only 89 at-bats.

Melendez might be a more manageable option to trade, as I don’t see the Reds giving up Stephenson unless a team trades the farm for him. Simply put, the Astros could upgrade and find a longer-term solution at catcher for a potential longer-term solution in their farm system. I will take it now, as Melendez is quietly having a great rookie campaign at catcher.

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