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Astros Linked to All-Star Catcher in Latest Free Agency Rumors

Adam Taylor McKillop
The Houston Astros are linked to an All-Star catcher in the latest MLB free agency rumors.
The Houston Astros are linked to an All-Star catcher in the latest MLB free agency rumors. / ASSOCIATED PRESS

The Houston Astros are less than a week removed from their World Series championship, but that won't stop the front office from looking ahead to the 2023 campaign. MLB free agency officially opens on Thursday and the Astros have been linked to an All-Star backstop.

MLB insider Jon Heyman reports the Astros executives are "meeting on" former Chicago Cub Willson Contreras. Contreras should receive a $19.65 million qualifying offer from Chicago, but reports suggest he'll turn this down and test the open market.

This isn't the first time Houston had sights set on Contreras. According to Heyman, the Astros had a trade in place for Contreras back in July, but owner Jim Crane "nixed it."

Houston instead traded for Christian Vazquez and used him in rotation with Martin Maldonado.

The plan worked this past season, but it's clear that won't stop Houston's front office from considering a different route with Contreras available in free agency. Contreras slashed .243/.349/.466 with 22 home runs and 55 RBIs in 2022 and is considered the best offensive catcher on the market.

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