Cubs' Willson Contreras linked to Padres in multiple trade rumors

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Multiple rumors connect Cubs' Contreras to Padres originally appeared on NBC Sports Chicago

Trade rumors continue to swirl around Cubs All-Star catcher Willson Contreras with three days until MLB's deadline.

Contreras, the Cubs' top trade chip who's expected to be moved by 5 p.m. CT Tuesday, was connected to the Padres in a pair of Saturday reports from ESPN's Buster Olney and the San Diego Union-Tribune's Kevin Acee.

Additionally, MLB insider Jon Heyman mentioned a handful of teams that could be fits for Contreras, including San Diego and the Mets — who have been linked to Contreras in numerous rumors and reports this month.

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Contreras' trade market could depend on what happens with Nationals star outfielder Juan Soto. The Cubs backstop was the top bat on the market before Soto's sudden availability earlier this month.

A report from The Athletic's Ken Rosenthal Saturday said the Padres and Cardinals are the "perceived frontrunners" for Soto.

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