Cubs catcher Willson Contreras’s Jed Hoyer – MLB Sports

Chicago-Cubs made a great future-focused deal on Tuesday night by sending Ace Yu Darvish and catcher Victor Caratini to the Padres in exchange for the right Zach Davies and four young prospects. I did. And Chicago may not take place. “I’m not going to sit here and say this

Chicago-Cubs did a great job Future-oriented trade On Tuesday night, I sent Ace Yu Darvish and catcher Victor Caratini to the Padres in exchange for the correct Zach Davies and four young prospects. And Chicago may not take place.

“I’m not going to sit here and tell you not to trade anymore,” Cubs coach Jed Hoyer said on a phone call Wednesday morning. “If the deals make sense, we do them.”

Darvish gave the Cubs a valuable trade tip if his contract had three years left and the goal was to win a package of larger prospects.All-star catcher Willson Contreras It fits that type, especially given that he is under contractual control until 2022.

And on Tuesday night, reports emerged that the Cubs were “shopping extensively” on Contreras.

“Fictitious” Heuer said of the rumor.

Perhaps the wrong side of the report was focused on a particular wording. The Yu Darvish deal reveals that Heuer is making a field call to any player on his roster. The team asked about Contreras, who was not only a positive offensive catcher, but also dramatically improved his framing in 2020.

“Listen,” Heuer said. “Wilson Contreras, I think he’s one of the top handful of baseball catchers. We’ll control him for another two years. Catching is the team’s strength as a result of having him on board. I think. List. “

That said, catching is also suddenly a necessary area for North Cider. After handing out Caratini to Darvish and Padres, the Cubs need a new backup behind Contreras. Heuer is a prospective customer, Miguel Amaya (No. 3 With the Top 30 Cubs Prospect List in the MLB Pipeline No. 91 (In the outlook for the Top 100 MLB) is not currently considered for that job.

“I certainly don’t think he’s an option to start the season,” Heuer said. “I’m excited about how he’s playing with the winter ball and he has a great outlook, but he’s not the person we’re working on. Obviously, we’re at Vic. I’m looking for someone to replace me. “

Cubs are not free agents, they are “looking to the future”
The Cubs changed the culture of the franchise by giving left-handed Jon Lester $ 155 million for six years prior to the 2015 season. Chicago set foot on gas next winter with an eight-year, $ 184 million free-agent contract handed over to outfielder Jason Heyward.

On Tuesday, the Cubs traded off Darvish. Darvish has won the latest blockbuster free agent agreement from the club with a six-year, $ 126 million contract by 2018. And it may take some time for North Cider’s to dive into the deep end. Again in the free agent market.

“We will re-enter the market,” Heuer said. “As soon as we have a team with the bones needed to do that. I think we’re at the end of this time. It’s time to get into the free agent market and spend a lot of money. It’s a window that doesn’t make much sense.

“We’ve just done that in the last six years. Now, as I said, looking to the future is really important.”

• The clocks of Javier Baez, Kris Bryant and Anthony Rizzo, who can become free agents in the next offseason, are ticking. Contreras was able to follow them a year later. Meanwhile, Mr Heuer said he hoped that extended negotiations with the core group would continue.

“Sure, there are players we want to keep in the long run,” Heuer said. “There’s no question about that. We couldn’t get to where it made sense in this group. We’re really proud of the offers we offered. These Incredibly aggressive with some of them.

“And they decided that it wasn’t enough and they wanted to wait for a better offer or test a free agent. That’s 100% their right. I told those people that I have a grudge against zero percent to make a decision. “

• Hoyer is still planning to hire a new general manager from outside the organization, but the search is pending due to the coronavirus pandemic hurdles. Heuer said he could wait until the summer.

“I’m excited to bring someone,” Heuer said. “But I just want to make sure I can carry out a process that represents the seriousness of the job. I think it’s probably the best way to say that, and I don’t think it can be done during a pandemic.”

• With the acquisition of Davis, the Cubs have three pitchers. Average fastball bottom 20 (All types) 2020 speed (minimum 400 fastball). According to Statcast, Kyle Hendricks checked in 7th (87.3 mph), Davis 11th (88.1 mph) and Alec Mills 20th (89.9 mph).

“We’ve had a lot of success with pitchers that can throw a lot of pitches for strikes and really control the speed of the bat,” Heuer said. “I think our pitching infrastructure has done a great job of acquiring and improving these types of pitchers. From that perspective, I think a guy like Davis will thrive with us. That’s what we thought. I want to change the look. “

Jordan Bastian Covers turnips. He previously covered the Indians from 2011-18 and the Blue Jays from 2006-10. Read his blog, Major League Baseball Bastian Follow him on Twitter @MLBastian..

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