MLB Insider Reveals Why Willson Contreras Wasn't Traded at the Deadline

Adam Taylor McKillop
Ken Rosenthal reveals why the Chicago Cubs didn't trade Willson Contreras at the deadline.
Ken Rosenthal reveals why the Chicago Cubs didn't trade Willson Contreras at the deadline. / ASSOCIATED PRESS

A full 15.5 games out of both the NL Central and Wild Card standings, the Chicago Cubs were thought to be one of the biggest potential sellers ahead of Tuesday's MLB Trade Deadline. Chicago stayed relatively quiet on deadline day, most notably holding onto the face of the franchise, catcher Willson Contreras.

Insider Ken Rosenthal detailed some post-deadline notes for The Athletic on Friday, revealing why exactly the Cubs held onto Contreras and one team that could have made the deal happen.

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Rosenthal explains the main catalyst for Chicago's mum deadline (in regards to Contreras) involved Juan Soto's trade to the San Diego Padres. He explained Chicago's best opportunity to flip Contreras "might have been if the Padres had been unsuccessful in their quest to land Soto."

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Reports suggest San Diego was interested in both Contreras and Ian Happ had they not landed Soto in the summer's biggest blockbuster deal.

San Diego was far from Contreras' only suitor, however. Rosenthal explained that "no team made an offer for Contreras the Cubs found acceptable." The Houston Astros were able to deal lower-level prospects for Christian Vazquez, accomplishing their need at catcher.

He also indicated the New York Mets could have been spooked after the failed Javier Baez experiment, in which they gave up Pete Crow-Armstrong, the No. 75-ranked prospect in baseball.

Contreras was one of the most intriguing names brought up in trade talks. The three-time All-Star was the best catcher on the "open market" and will hit unrestricted free agency next year.

Chicago won't have to say their goodbyes to the fan-favorite, just yet. Either way, the Cubs are in for a long haul down the stretch. Chicago holds just +70000 odds to win the NL Central on FanDuel Sportsbook.

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