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Sport Report: Teams believe Cubs' Contreras will be available in trade

04:55  09 november  2019
04:55  09 november  2019 Source:   thescore.com

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The Cubs would presumably trade Contreras for a package, then sign one of the available free-agent catchers. Donaldson is the second-best third baseman available , behind Anthony Rendon, but his advanced age will likely limit his contractual demands.

A new era is about to begin for the Chicago Cubs and it might not include catcher Willson Contreras.

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Multiple teams in search of catching help believe Contreras will be available this winter, according to ESPN's Jeff Passan, who reports the Cubs will get creative this winter and could trade the 27-year-old All-Star as they begin to retool under new manager David Ross.

The Contreras trade rumor comes a month after Cubs president of baseball operations Theo Epstein wouldn't rule out dealing one of the catcher's teammates in Kris Bryant or Javier Baez with the organization "at a transition point."

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The Cubs would presumably trade Contreras for a package, then sign one of the available free-agent catchers. The class includes Yasmani Grandal Donaldson is the second-best third baseman available , behind Anthony Rendon, but his advanced age will likely limit his contractual demands.

Cubs believe Ross is 'right guy for this moment in time'. Ross joins Cubs ' quest to put 2016 in rear view mirror. Jed Hoyer did say earlier this week the Cubs will be adding depth before the trade deadline, but the asking price for arguably the best available reliever remaining on the market could

Since winning the World Series in 2016, the Cubs haven't been able to advance past the National League Championship Series and they missed the playoffs last season.

Additionally, Joe Maddon recently departed as the team's manager, its payroll is nearing $200 million, and the farm system is bare.

Dealing Contreras, who posted a .888 OPS with 24 home runs in 105 games last season and isn't eligible for free agency until 2023, could net the Cubs a large stockpile of prospects and possibly prevent them from dealing one of Bryant or Baez.

Since 2017, Contreras has been one of MLB's top offensive catchers, ranking fourth in homers (55), fifth in RBIs (192), and tied for second in wRC+ (115), according to FanGraphs.

Contreras is also eligible for arbitration for the first time in 2020 and is projected to only make $4.5 million.

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