Report: Cubs actively shopping C Contreras

30 Dec 2020 / 10:04 H.

    The Chicago Cubs might not be done trading this offseason. Catcher Willson Contreras is being shopped extensively by the club, USA Today reported Tuesday.

    Chicago recently agreed to trade starting right-hander Yu Darvish and backup catcher Victor Caratini to the Padres in a seven-player deal that included San Diego right-hander Zach Davies and prospects.

    Contreras could be the next-big name player on the move. The 28-year-old backstop, a two-time All-Star, owns a career .265 batting average with 74 home runs and 253 RBIs in 493 games.

    He is under team control through 2022 and projected to make between $5 million in $7 million in arbitration next season, which would make him a highly sought-after commodity at the catcher position.

    The Cubs are looking to cut down their payroll and make moves tailored toward a more long-term view. However, if the team were to trade Contreras, they would be left without a major league catcher on the roster for the time being.

    --Field Level Media

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