Chicago Cubs: Three realistic targets for the last offseason piece

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Matt Wieters – C

With Willson Contreras still without an established backup, adding another catcher would be huge. Contreras had an All-Star-caliber first half, but fatigue and wear caught up to him and his production in the second half.

Down the stretch, Contreras put up a dismal .585 OPS and slugged south of .300 – a far cry from the .449 he managed prior to the All-Star Break. Over the final month, his numbers cratered to the tune of a .152/.222/.242 line – ending the second half with an average of .200 right on the nose. To call that performance disappointing is a drastic understatement.

The Cubs need a reliable backup catcher to come and take the weight off Contreras. At 33 years old, Matt Wieters would be a great fit.

Wieters is a veteran catcher who’s been in the league 10 years, with Baltimore and Washington. He’s a lefty with a career average of .251 and an OPS of .725. Having this production would not only be monumental for him but huge for the team having a veteran bat/backstop out there while Contreras gets to rest. Without a home this late in the offseason, the Cubs need to check in on Wieters and talk about a potential deal.