If last year was any indication, it’s that the Chicago Cubs aren’t afraid to do the unpopular. Last year’s MLB trade deadline was a painful one for Cubs fans, as they watched the team deal 2016 World Series heroes Anthony Rizzo, Javier Baez and Kris Bryant. This year, the Cubs are a similarly middling team, as they are currently 33-48 and in fourth place in the National League Central. Fans should expect the Cubs to be sellers once again at the 2022 MLB trade deadline. One of their best trade chips, catcher Willson Contreras, just so happens to be enjoying an All-Star season.

An unrestricted free agent at the end of this season, the Cubs are in an eerily similar situation with Contreras as they were with Baez, Rizzo and Bryant. It doesn’t mean that they’ll definitely trade their star catcher.

However, it’s certainly more likely, given their recent track record. But where could Willson Contreras end up if the Cubs decide to deal him.

These three teams make a lot of sense.

 

3. Rays

The Tampa Bay Rays aren’t known for making splashy, high-profile moves. They are often ahead of the market, not the ones racing to catch up to it.

However, Tampa Bay could make an exception for Contreras. The catching position has been a black hole for Tampa Bay, as the likes of Mike Zunino, currently injured, and Francisco Mejia have been a virtual zero offensively.

It’s part of a bigger overall problem for the Rays, who have the pitching to hang with the contenders in the American League. However, their lineup, which is tied for 22nd in runs scored, pales in comparison to other top teams.