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The Cardinals Need to Steal This Free Agent Away From the Cubs

Devon Platana
The St. Louis Cardinals should steal this free agent away from the Chicago Cubs.
The St. Louis Cardinals should steal this free agent away from the Chicago Cubs. / AP Photo/Aaron Doster

One of MLB's most storied rivalries exists between the St. Louis Cardinals and Chicago Cubs, who have been going back and forth for over 100 years. Though the majority of the feud has taken place on the field, the two sides have stolen each other's free agents over the years as well, ranging from Rogers Hornsby to Jim Edmonds.

With free agency opening on Thursday, the Cardinals are desperate for help after losing in the NL Wild Card Round for the third year in a row. There will be plenty of players to target, including a former Cubs player who could give St. Louis a boost.

St. Louis Cardinals Free Agency

It should be one of the Cardinals' top goals to go out and sign Cubs catcher Willson Contreras this offseason. With longtime backstop Yadier Molina riding off into the sunset for St. Louis, Contreras is the perfect player to replace him.

This year's free agent class is thin as far as catchers go, making Contreras a popular target. There's a good reason for that, too. The 30-year-old is coming off one of the best campaigns of his career, racking up 22 home runs with 55 RBIs and 45 walks over 113 games, earning his third All-Star nomination along the way.

While Contreras' defense can't hold a candle to Molina and his nine Gold Gloves, the 2016 World Series champion would provide a big offensive upgrade. Molina had been a subpar hitter for several seasons, falling to .214/.233/.302 in his final season.

Contreras is also a full decade younger than Molina and could provide a spark to an aging Cardinals team that could use a bit more youth. It also helps that former Cubs teammate Jose Quintana has been recruiting Contreras to join St. Louis.

With Contreras hinting that he's potentially ready to leave Chicago, it's easy to imagine him swapping out his blue uniform for a red one. General manager Mike Girsch hasn't been afraid to throw around money in the past, so time will tell if he'll do it again to give his team the best catching situation possible.

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