Report: Astros discussing Ramos trade with Rays
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In the wake of Brian McCann's injury likely keeping him on the shelf into mid-August, the Houston Astros could be looking at a backup plan behind the plate.

The Astros have reportedly been in contact with the Tampa Bay Rays about potentially acquiring All-Star catcher Wilson Ramos, sources tell Jon Morosi of MLB Network.

Ramos, a free agent after the season, has been a boon to the Rays' offense by hitting .291/.340/.479 with 14 home runs and 51 RBIs in 75 games. The catcher failed to produce similar numbers last year in his first campaign with Tampa Bay after returning from ACL surgery, but he's back to looking like his healthy 2016 self when he was with the Washington Nationals, the last time he was an All-Star.

Other than McCann, the Astros have Max Stassi, who has played well this season. Evan Gattis, Houston's backup catcher in 2017, has only played four total innings behind the plate this season, instead being used as the team's primary designated hitter.

Report: Astros discussing Ramos trade with Rays
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