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Chicago Tribune Jul 17, 2017

Playing the next round of ‘Let’s Make A Deal’ with the Cubs

The Cubs had just destroyed the Orioles 8-0, they had just completed a road sweep, they had just amassed 27 runs, and catcher Willson Contreras declared that the Cubs "are back." Maybe, maybe not. Given the way the Cubs have toyed with contending this season, Contreras would seem to be offering...
Cubs Insider Jul 18, 2017

Watch: Willson Contreras Gives Cubs Lead w/ Three-Run Blast

Willson Contreras continued his hot streak Tuesday night, blasting another long home run. As our own Brendan Miller pointed out recently, some mechanical changes for Willson have him swinging an insanely hot bat. He’s slashing a ridiculous .444/.474/.778 so far in the second half of the season. Late-night lumber pic.twitter.com/qddESQhNtz — Cubs Talk (@CSNCubs) July … The post Watch: Willson Contreras Gives Cubs Lead w/ Three-Run Blast appeared first on Cubs Insider.
Cubs Insider 10 hours ago

Cubs Related Podcast: Epstein’s Thoughts on Farm System, Cubs Sweep Braves, Young Players Stay Hot

Corey and Brendan discuss the Braves sweep, including Hector Rondon’s trending pitching, Willson Contreras’ continuous hot streak, Joe Maddon’s comments regarding John Lackey, and other noteworthy statements. Subscribe on iTunes, Google Play, and Stitcher. The post Cubs Related Podcast: Epstein’s Thoughts on Farm System, Cubs Sweep Braves, Young Players Stay Hot appeared first on Cubs Insider.
Bleed Cubbie Blue 14 hours ago
MLB trade rumors: Cubs still looking at Alex Avila as a backup catcher

MLB trade rumors: Cubs still looking at Alex Avila as a backup catcher

Willson Contreras could use some veteran help. With the trade of Miguel Montero to the Blue Jays, Willson Contreras’ primary backup at catcher has been rookie Victor Caratini. Caratini has played in just eight games since his callup, starting three, and has gone 3-for-16. While Caratini might someday become a good big-league catcher, the Cubs could use a veteran to spell Contreras behind the plate from time to time. That would also give Caratini a few more weeks at Triple-A Iowa to start games and then he could return in September. That’s why I think this rumor from a couple of days ago...
Bleed Cubbie Blue Jul 19, 2017
Cubs Heroes and Goats: Game 93

Cubs Heroes and Goats: Game 93

Willson Contreras home run powers Cubs to fifth straight victory. For me, the post All-Star Break Cubs games have reminded me of one big thing. Baseball seasons are so very long. Very much like people say about Chicago weather, if you wait long enough things can change. Going into the All-Star game, you had to either be ignoring the available evidence or extremely optimistic to still have any high level of confidence in this Cubs team. And here we are, five games down and the picture has changes a lot. Combined with the mini-slump the Brewers are in, the Cubs are back knocking on the door...
MLB 11 hours ago

Inbox: Is backup backstop on Cubs' list?

Will the Cubs target a veteran catcher to back up Willson Contreras? Beat reporter Carrie Muskat takes a look at what the club might do at the Trade Deadline in the latest Inbox.

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