Report: Cubs 'extensively shopping' catcher Willson Contreras

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Cubs 'extensively shopping' catcher Willson Contreras originally appeared on NBC Sports Chicago

The Cubs traded one member of their core, and according to a report, could be looking to move another.

USA Today's Bob Nightengale reported Tuesday the Cubs are "extensively shopping" starting catcher Willson Contreras. 

Contreras is a two-time All-Star starter (2018-19) and key figure in the Cubs lineup. The 28-year-old is a career .265/.351/.463 hitter and has steadily improved his pitch framing in recent seasons, to go along with his big arm behind the plate.

Contreras, who was also involved in trade rumors last winter, is under club control through 2022. He's projected to make somewhere in the range of $5-7 million in arbitration next season, though the Cubs are looking to trim payroll and retool their roster this winter with an eye on their long-term outlook.

With Contreras' two years of club control and affordable salary, he's the most valuable trade chip among the hitting core. However, the Cubs traded Yu Darvish and Victor Caratini to the Padres, and a Contreras trade would leave them without a major league catcher on their 40-man roster.

The Padres trade follows the moves to non-tender Kyle Schwarber and Albert Almora Jr. earlier this month. Longtime ace Jon Lester is also a free agent, though he and the club have mutual interest in a reunion.

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