Chicago Cubs have a catching core that could be great for years to come

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Chicago Cubs: Seeking options at the position

This offseason has of course not transpired how Cubs fans thought or expected. Failing to make any significant moves the team leans on the young core moving forward, to include the catcher position. Currently, outside of Contreras and Caratini, there is hardly a serviceable soul. However, fret not Wrigleyville.

Moving ahead into the new campaign the goal for the Cubs is to create a situation where Contreras is behind the plate less. Last season, he caught 1109 2/3 innings, a career-high and tops in the league. While the first half got off to a great start, Contreras faltered quickly in the second half, leading to lackluster production.

As free agency approached, many veteran catchers became available, and the thought became strong for the team to sign somebody. It did not come to fruition, however.

By this point, we all know the line from ownership: there’s no money. The team is strapped for cash, prompting the fantasy of bringing on a solid veteran backup to fizzle away. That being said, looking into the Cubs’ murky crystal ball, there is a bevy of potential talent waiting in the wings.