Offseason Willson Contreras rumors should include these five teams as top destinations for the All-Star catcher.
Willson Contreras rumors this offseason should include a much wider array of destinations than what we witnessed at the trade deadline. The Chicago Cubs were forced into holding onto him due to a lack of suitors. It wasn’t so much because of questions about his talent. There just weren’t enough teams willing to bid against themselves for a catcher midseason.
During the winter when large chunks of MLB rosters change, more clubs will be willing to name a different starting catcher. We know Contreras is one of the best-hitting catchers in the game. Teams looking for offense in a spot where there usually isn’t much hitting power should be all over him.
Where is it that Contreras will end up? These five destinations stand out as the best.
1) Willson Contreras rumors could lead him back to the Chicago Cubs
Nothing would be more romantic for Chicago Cubs fans than Willson Contreras returning to help create a dream lineup in 2023. It’s plausible. The team seems willing to spend this offseason.
Is it the best destination for him? It’s certainly one of them. He knows the environment. He knows the staff. Wrigley is where he has called home. More players should stick with the same team throughout their career. Although he’s technically already a free agent and has departed, it would feel like he never left if on Opening Day he is behind the plate for the Cubs once again.
Early offseason Cubs rumors have them eyeing the big free agent shortstop market. They should also be looking to add an outfielder. Pitching is something every ball club could upgrade, too.
The Cubs might not be able to offer Contreras the best chance to win in 2023. They can’t do that for everyone. They’re another year away from seriously competing. Things can get channeled in the right direction this offseason. Retaining Contreras is one of those moves to make.
It would especially help the Cubs because another one of the best places for Contreras is within the division.