Why the Cubs should just go ahead and trade everyone this offseason

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Chicago Cubs: Catcher is certainly a position of strength

Between Willson Contreras and Victor Caratini, the Cubs have the best catching tandem in the league. Add in a top prospect in Miguel Amaya who may have been close to ready this year given another full year in the minors last year, and they’re basically loaded at one of the toughest positions in the game.

With two years left of control over Contreras, the Cubs are also in a position of strength when dealing with other clubs because of his price tag and control. An All-Star catcher in his prime who is dynamite with the bat and much improved with the glove is worth his weight in gold. If the Cubs are going to keep doing this tear down by unloading players with a year of control left, they might as well go all in and include Contreras to the pot.

There have already been sizable rumors about the Cubs willingness to part with their Venezuelan-born catcher, and they have a starting-caliber catcher already paired with him who switch-hits and personally handles Yu Darvish anyhow. Not that I want to see any of these guys be jettisoned, but Contreras has to have the most trade value if their dealing isn’t done this offseason.