MLB trade rumors: Teams believe Cubs' Willson Contreras will be available in trade talks, report says

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Could Willson Contreras have a new home come spring training?

According to ESPN's Jeff Passan, the 27-year-old backstop could come up in trade talks this winter.

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Contreras is coming off the best offensive season of his career, belting 24 home runs with a 125 OPS+ in 105 games this season. He also dealt with a hamstring inury in August that caused him to miss a month.

Contreras' contract situation could also be appealing to teams. He's arbitration eligible through the 2022 season, with free agency coming following that year. He'll be due for a big bump in pay, as he's been on of the NL's more well-rounded catchers since being called up in 2016.

Since 2016, Contreras ranks sixth in the NL in fWAR at 8.3. He was an integral part of ending Chicago's 108-year championship drought that same season.

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