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The St. Louis Cardinals are closing in on Willson Contreras

The St. Louis Cardinals are close to acquiring catcher Willson Contreras The St. Louis Cardinals pursuit of a new catcher seems to have come to a conclusion, as reports are ramping up that the Cardinals are close to signing former Chicago Cubs catcher Willson Contreras. Cardinals closing in on free-agent catcher Willson Contreras, sources tell […] The St. Louis Cardinals are closing in on Willson Contreras - Redbird Rants - Redbird Rants - St Louis Cardinals news, rumors and free agency updates from the insider fans and analysts at Redbird Rants
Call to the Pen Dec 3, 2022

Does a Willson Contreras signing make sense for Houston Astros?

The Houston Astros were so close to grabbing Willson Contreras at the trade deadline this past year. This offseason, will they make sure they don’t let him slip away again? According to this article by ESPN’s Jeff Passan, “The Astros and Chicago Cubs were in agreement on a trade to send star catcher Willson Contreras […] Does a Willson Contreras signing make sense for Houston Astros? - Call to the Pen - Call to the Pen - A Major League Baseball Fan Site - News, Blogs, Opinion and More
Bleed Cubbie Blue Dec 3, 2022
Cub Tracks plays the game

Cub Tracks plays the game

Photo by Jens Büttner/picture alliance via #Cubs,#MLB, and #MiLB news you can use, four days a week. The Winter Meetings start tomorrow. Welcome to today’s edition of Cub Tracks news and notes™, a greatest-hits collection of Chicago-style beat writers and bloggers, ground from #Cubs, #MiLB, and #MLB baseball, overheated, and then cold-brewed overnight for maximum flavor. Rylan Bannon, we hardly knew ye. Exchange Willson Contreras for Christian Vázquez? Hmm. I am intrigued. Tell me more. Let’s also consider the source... It could turn out to be an intriguing...
Bleed Cubbie Blue Nov 25, 2022
Would you trade Ian Happ and Adbert Alzolay for a Blue Jays catcher?

Would you trade Ian Happ and Adbert Alzolay for a Blue Jays catcher?

Alejandro Kirk and Danny Jansen at Blue Jays Spring Training in 2021 | Toronto Blue Jays/Handout Photo via USA TODAY Sports The Jays have three good catchers, and would like some depth elsewhere. Could the Cubs provide that in trade? The Cubs are looking for a catcher to pair with Yan Gomes, now that Willson Contreras is a free agent and not likely to return. The Blue Jays have two good catchers — Alejandro Kirk and Danny Jansen — and a third catcher, Gabriel Moreno, who is not only the Jays’ top prospect but a Top 10 prospect in all of MLB. So, it would seem...
Bleed Cubbie Blue Nov 23, 2022
Five reasons I am thankful for the 2022 Cubs

Five reasons I am thankful for the 2022 Cubs

Willson Contreras celebrates a walkoff single against the Brewers on August 20 | Matt Marton-USA TODAY Sports There were some really joyous moments amidst a middling baseball season. I’ve been a Cubs fan for the vast majority of my conscious life. My first major league baseball memory is the Sandberg Game, and that was really it for me. I was in love with the ivy, the bleachers and the blue pinstripes. As the years have gone by the Cubs have made me laugh and cry. When they won the World Series in 2016 it was one of the greatest moments of joy I’ve ever experienced...
Bleed Cubbie Blue Nov 22, 2022
Cubs free agent target: Jeimer Candelario

Cubs free agent target: Jeimer Candelario

Photo by Duane Burleson/ Would a reunion with the former Cubs prospect be worthwhile? The Cubs cut ties with the last player on their roster who was signed by the Jim Hendry regime, Willson Contreras, when Contreras turned down their qualifying offer and became a free agent. Would it be useful to bring back another Hendry signee, Jeimer Candelario? Though Candelario is a US citizen by birth — he was born in New York City — he was raised in the Dominican Republic and signed with the Cubs October 2, 2010, just before he turned 17. A steady rise through the Cubs system...
Bleed Cubbie Blue Nov 18, 2022
A closer look at the 2022 Cubs pitching production

A closer look at the 2022 Cubs pitching production

Justin Steele had a breakthrough year in 2022, the Cubs will look for him to repeat that in 2023. | Quinn Harris-USA TODAY Sports ...and how it compares to the rest of the league During the playoffs I took a look at how Cubs position player value compared to the rest of the league in 2022 to get an idea of how close they were to competing in 2023. The results, well, weren’t great. From that earlier piece: The Cubs gain 2.3 fWAR from players who were negative in 2022, however they lose 3.3 fWAR from Willson Contreras, which puts them at 14.9 total fWAR returning. Now,...
Bleed Cubbie Blue Nov 17, 2022
Cub Tracks remains static

Cub Tracks remains static

Chase Utley? | Photo by Stephen Pond/ for MLB Europe #Cubs,#MLB, and #MiLB news you can use, four days a week. Waiting is. No movement so far. Welcome to today’s edition of Cub Tracks news and notes™, a greatest-hits collection of Chicago-style beat writers and bloggers, ground from #Cubs, #MiLB, and #MLB baseball, overheated, and then cold-brewed overnight for maximum flavor. The tap is still dry. One depth option acquired so far, Miles Mastrobouni, who makes Zach McKinstry expendable. Willson Contreras is testing the market. 40-man roster at 38, no free agents...
Bleed Cubbie Blue Nov 15, 2022
Cubs free agent target: Tucker Barnhart

Cubs free agent target: Tucker Barnhart

David Reginek-USA TODAY Sports The former Reds catcher might be a good fit on the North Side. If the Cubs are going to contend in 2022, they need upgrades at several positions, including backup catcher. While P.J. Higgins did an okay job backing up Yan Gomes and Willson Contreras in 2022, he’s not the kind of guy who you’d want as the backup on a contender. That’s especially true if Contreras signs elsewhere and the catching tandem is Gomes plus someone else. Some have floated the names of Sean Murphy (A’s, by trade) or Omar Narváez (free agent) as possible...
Bleed Cubbie Blue Nov 9, 2022
From bat flips to back picks, Willson Contreras exceeded everyone’s expectations

From bat flips to back picks, Willson Contreras exceeded everyone’s expectations

Willson Contreras rounds the bases after a home run against the San Diego Padres in June. | Photo by Nuccio DiNuzzo/ The best hitting catcher in baseball has hit free agency. Long time readers of this blog know that I keep score at almost every game I attend, but I don’t know how much I’ve written about how often I go through my old scorecards searching for memories. On July 25, after I walked home from Wrigley Field savoring a rare 2022 Cubs one-run victory, I did precisely that. I was looking for scorecards from mid-June, 2016 when Willson Contreras, the man who...
Bleed Cubbie Blue Nov 9, 2022
In appreciation of Willson Contreras

In appreciation of Willson Contreras

David Banks-USA TODAY Sports The Cubs catcher moves on, but we remember him fondly. Willson Contreras, as you know, declined the Cubs’ qualifying offer Tuesday and so will likely be moving to another team as a free agent. I actually wrote this article last summer when it appeared Willson would be traded. When he wasn’t, I decided to save it for the time, if it came, when it looked like his time with the Cubs was done. Now appears to be that time, so here goes. The first time I wrote about Willson Contreras was in 2013, when I went to see the then-Cubs Midwest League...
Bleed Cubbie Blue Nov 8, 2022
Willson Contreras declines Cubs’ qualifying offer

Willson Contreras declines Cubs’ qualifying offer

David Banks-USA TODAY Sports And so, his free agency begins. We knew when Jed Hoyer had his season-ending news conference that Willson Contreras was going to receive a qualifying offer. Today, he received it and rejected it: Cubs are extending the $19.65M qualifying offer to Willson Contreras, and he is declining it, making him a free agent. Very good two-way catcher should do extremely well on the open market.— Jon Heyman (@JonHeyman) November 8, 2022 Okay, so I was wrong on 50/50. It is, I suppose, still possible that Contreras could return to the Cubs, though...
Bless You Boys Nov 8, 2022
MLB free agents: Tigers rumored to be interested in catcher Willson Contreras

MLB free agents: Tigers rumored to be interested in catcher Willson Contreras

Photo by Jamie Sabau/ The long-time Cubs backstop will be a fairly hot commodity as he reaches free agency for the first time. Well the offseason is finally here and with it, the first of those sweet, sweet rumors we love to hate here in Detroit. So often over the past few years these things have gone nowhere, Carlos Correa anyone? More than likely this one won’t pan out either, but it does at least make perfect sense for the Tigers. Jon Morosi of Fox Sports reports that the Tigers have shown interest in free agent catcher, Willlson Contreras. The idea that President...
Bleed Cubbie Blue Nov 8, 2022
BCB After Dark: The road not taken

BCB After Dark: The road not taken

Photo by Bob Levey/ The late-night/early-morning spot for Cubs fans asks you about the nixed Willson Contreras trade. Welcome back to BCB After Dark: the late-night party for night owls, early risers, new parents and Cubs fans abroad. We’re so glad you could join us for the first show of the off-season. Baseball may be over, but the party goes on. There’s no cover charge. There are still a few good tables available. The hostess will seat you now. Bring your own beverage. BCB After Dark is the place for you to talk baseball, music, movies, or anything else you need...
Bleed Cubbie Blue Nov 7, 2022
Willson Contreras was almost traded to the Astros at the deadline

Willson Contreras was almost traded to the Astros at the deadline

Photo by Jamie Sabau/ The Cubs would have received a pitcher in return. Many Cubs fans, and others across baseball, were surprised when Willson Contreras was still a Cub after the trading deadline last August. Contreras will soon receive a qualifying offer, and many expect him to reject it. It is, I suppose, possible he’ll take it and remain a Cub next year, but those chances are small. Presuming he does reject it, the Cubs will receive draft pick compensation, and we won’t know the results of that at the MLB level for several years. The Cubs could have had a MLB...

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