5 favorites to trade for receiver Willson Contreras

These five teams are expected to be the favorites in any MLB rumors involving a trade for Chicago Cubs wide receiver Willson Contreras. (Photo by Norm Hall/Getty Images)

Expect plenty of MLB rumors about the Chicago Cubs buying Willson Contreras from one of these five favorites to land him.

Willson Contreras is one of several Chicago Cubs players set to be bought at this year’s trade deadline and top of many MLB rumors this summer. His chances are greater than most of his teammates. As a receiver, he could easily be the best option available for teams to pick up at the deadline and improve the position offensively, defensively or both. Also just a hire, he’s a candidate any team could use to temporarily plug in behind the plate or even give a few starts as a DH.

The longtime Cubs catcher is going to have plenty of suitors. Some of the best may not even be fully known yet. A foul board could change a team’s needs in a second.

Which teams should we suspect have their organization tied to future MLB rumors involving Contreras? These five look like early favorites.

5) MLB Rumors: Houston Astros May See Need To Strengthen Offense With Willson Contreras

The catchy duo of Martin Maldonado and Jason Castro is unique. Both playing in their 35-year-old season, they’re essentially the same player but hitting from different sides of the plate. Maldonado is right-handed while Castro is left-handed. Everyone has a good relationship with the Houston Astros. This year, neither one hits that hard.

They would both work well as a backup or part of a pack with a guy who can rake. Together, they’re a curious couple on a team as good as the Astros.

The Astros entered the year attacking their receivers’ offense. If they change their minds, a deal for Contreras could give them an extra boost.

An injury to either receiver makes it a more obvious move for Houston. Because they would have at DFA one of them, there is a roadblock already in place. Houston could always return one of those receivers to a team in need of an upgrade as a backstop. Just because it may require another trade doesn’t mean we have to discount the possibility of MLB rumors tying the Astros to the best available receiver at this year’s trade deadline.

Neal T. Doss