Cardinals: Pros and cons of free agent targets for St. Louis
By Josh Jacobs
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- Simply put, Willson Contreras is one of the best hitters at the catcher position in all of baseball. He ranked second among catchers with a 132 wRC+, which would have only ranked behind Paul Goldschmidt, Nolan Arenado, and Albert Pujols in 2022. He would be a huge, impact bat for the Cardinals at their weakest position.
- Contreras has shown the ability to perform on the highest of stages, something that will be needed for the “heir to Yadier Molina”. There will be a ton of pressure, and Contreras can handle that.
- Unlike the other impact catchers St. Louis would be looking at, he does not require a prospect haul to acquire, though they would have to forfeit a 2nd round draft choice
- I mean, come on, stealing him from the Chicago Cubs would be pure joy, and it really seems like he wants to play in St. Louis above any other team right now.
- Contreras is not the kind of defender St. Louis is used to behind the plate. He is not bad, but he is not good either, and that would be a huge change for the club in how they see that position.
- Contreras is 30-years old and will command a large contract, which is a bit of a scary investment. Although, Contreras’ projected contract continues to drop, making him not nearly as expensive as once thought.
- The former Cub only caught 72 games last year, which was a career low for a full big league season. He did catch 116 games in 2021, so its very feasible he gets closer to that number again.