Chicago Cubs: 5 superstars to trade this offseason

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Chicago Cubs Willson Contreras
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C. Chicago Cubs. Willson Contreras. 40. player. 9.

The Chicago Cubs were disappointed with the way that their core played in 2020. They weren’t as bad on defense but the bats were quiet on a lot of nights. One of those guys who didn’t play as well as we are used to seeing is Willson Contreras. It wasn’t the worst season in the history of baseball but it certainly wasn’t good enough for his standards. He was an all-star catcher in both 2018 and 2019 but wouldn’t have even come close to being one in 2020.

There is a good amount of reason to believe that he will bounce back in 2021. He is a great player to have behind the plate and the Cubs would get a lot for him. They aren’t going to need him if they were to start a rebuild so they might as well take advantage of a team that thinks they need a  catcher to contend. For example, if the Philadelphia Phillies lose J.T. Realmuto, they would be smart to link up with the Cubs for a potential trade.

Contreras became an elite baseball player right in front of our eyes and it was a lot of fun to see. If he was sent off to another team, it would be tough for Cubs fans to see him play well somewhere else but the return could be worth it down the line.

Hot. Three big contracts for the Cubs to trade this offseason. light

Of course, none of these players getting moved is a guarantee but it seems like the Cubs are set on going in a different direction. With Theo officially making his way out of town and Jed Hoyer taking over, they are going to look a lot different. All of these guys helped them be dominant for almost a decade but it might be time to move on.