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Evan Gattis rumors: Astros in trade talks for catcher, Gattis in Houston for physical

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The Astros may be trading for the Braves slugging catcher/left fielder.

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Whoa, that escalated quickly.

Today, we got a brief note from Martin Gondee, formerly of Braves' SB Nation site Talking Chop and now of ESPN, who said the Astros were still in on Braves catcher Evan Gattis.

That's less than reassuring, but it does break up the monotony of the offseason a bit. Also, the one thing this roster needs is more catchers.

But, things got VERY interesting after Bob Nightengale upped the ante on things.

No parameters have been discussed here. We're still early in the process and this trade seems to be breaking as it's still in motion. I'd expect we start to hear returns soon.

Still, Gattis to the Astros has been rumored for months. Earlier this winter, we learned that the Astros have been trying to acquire the slugger since last summer.

Gattis, 28, has four more years of team control left. The slugging catcher hit .263/.317/.493 in 401 plate appearances last season for 2.3 fWAR. The Braves planned to play Gattis in left field this season, but he could also play first base or DH with the Astros.

What does this mean? Without knowing the rest of the deal, we're in the dark. It makes some sense from Houston's end to turn someone like Dexter Fowler into Gattis. If those are the two main components to the trade, it's a win for Houston. The Astros could plug Gattis into left field and set him up as a fall-back option at first base in case Singleton struggles.

That would allow Houston to play Jake Marisnick, a superior defender to Fowler, in center field next to George Springer in right.

Also, as Mark Bowman of MLB.com states here, the trade is far from complete.

UPDATE: Apparently, Gattis being in Houston for a physical almost guarantees that a trade has been agreed upon between the two teams. Unless, that is, the Braves are being shady.