Catching Market Already Getting Hot? If So, There Are Implications for the Cubs

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Catching Market Already Getting Hot? If So, There Are Implications for the Cubs

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Something to keep an eye on in the coming days, as the catching market last year was one of the first areas to move in free agency, and it kinda seems like that might happen again this year.

An active catching market is very notable because of the obvious implications for the Cubs. Not only are they reportedly considering trading Willson Contreras, but if they do, then the Cubs would also be in the market for (presumably) a steady, veteran catcher to pair with Victor Caratini.

So, then, if the catching market is about to start moving quickly, the pressure might be on the Cubs to thoroughly explore the trade market for Contreras before too many other moves are made – not only because they want the biggest market for Contreras, but also because they would want to have the ability to be active in the catching market, themselves.

That said, a quick-moving catcher market could actually aid in the Cubs’ efforts to maximize a trade for Contreras – if they are seriously considering it – because various suitors may miss out on other targets. In other words, the Cubs need to be aggressive in conversations, but they don’t necessarily need to be overly aggressive in pulling the trigger.

That is to say: watch the catching market closely.



Author: Brett Taylor

Brett Taylor is the Editor and Lead Cubs Writer at Bleacher Nation, and you can find him on Twitter at @BleacherNation and @Brett_A_Taylor.