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Marlins check in with Cubs on potential Contreras trade

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Willson Contreras' name continues to circulate the rumor mill.

SportsGrid's Craig Mish reported Tuesday the Marlins have checked in with the Cubs on a potential trade for the 28-year-old catcher.

Contreras has popped up in trade rumors on several occasions this offseason. The Athletic's Ken Rosenthal reported the Angels' interest last week, noting no deal was close. Last month, USA Today reported the Cubs were "excessively shopping" Contreras, which team president Jed Hoyer said was "fictional."

Hoyer's statement doesn't rule out a deal at some point this winter, though it did indicate nothing was imminent at the time. Contreras is the Cubs' most valuable trade chip among their position players, with two years of club control remaining at an affordable salary.

A deal could help the Cubs replenish their farm system as they retool with the future in mind. As of September, the Marlins' system was No. 5 in baseball, according to MLB Pipeline. They have assets that may entice the Cubs, although money might be an issue for Miami, as MLB Network's Jon Heyman points out.

However, Contreras is one of the Cubs' most productive hitters and a two-time All-Star. His game has improved behind the plate in recent seasons, specifically his pitch framing, to match his big arm and athleticism.

 

Trading him would leave the Cubs with a big hole in their lineup, not to mention their depth chart. They have no other big league catchers on their 40-man roster.

(It appears Contreras has seen the rumors.)

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