MLB Trade Rumors: Why the Yankees should make a deal for Cubs’ Willson Contreras

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The fan base of the New York Yankees have wanted a new catcher to replace Gary Sanchez for quite some time.

One particular catcher may be available now in Willson Contreras, especially after the Chicago Cubs signed veteran Yan Gomes to a two-year deal on Tuesday.

Contreras message on Twitter makes it seem like he expects to be traded at some point. And that’s where thenYankees could swoop in and make a deal.

With Gomes there, the Y ankees wouldn’t be able to send Sanchez there like some thought they would try to send him to the Miami Marlins before they got Jacob Stallings.

But catching wise, Contreras is an improvement and upgrade over Sanchez, whose defense alone has hurt the Yankees. We’ve all seem the missed tag at home plate in the game vs the New York Mets.

It seems like this was the game where the Yankees fans had given up on Sanchez. And it’s hard to fault them.

The Yankees and Cubs have made recent deals; they made the Anthony Rizzo trade back in July with the Cubs starting to tear it down. A trade of Contreras for the Yankees would make sense, as he’s signed for the next two seasons and can be the guy while Austin Wells continues to develop in the minors.

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Doug Rush

Doug Rush is entering his 18th season as a writer. His career dates back to when he was with The Asbury Park Press covering high school football, The Harlem Globetrotters and The Lakewood Blueclaws. In 2009, he joined Bleacher Report, covering the New York Yankees and New York Giants, amassing over 2 million reader views. After 2013, he left B/R to join Sports Media 101 to cover the Yankees and Giants. While with Sports Media 101, Rush was named to the Pro Football Writers Association of America. He was there until July of 2016. In January of 2018, Rush joined USA Today as part of the Giants Wire staff to cover the Giants. He is still currently with them, as he does weekly analysis for them during the season. In September of 2021, Rush joined Pro Sports Extra, where he will be covering MLB, the NFL, NBA, WWE and AEW. Doug is from Toms River, New Jersey where he has two children, Carson and Peyton.
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