Chicago Cubs: Willson Contreras trade destination #2: Atlanta Braves
After a detrimental loss in Atlanta of superstar outfielder Ronald Acuna, the Braves will need to dig deep if they wish to stay alive after losing their best player. Atlanta currently finds itself four games behind of Mets and Phillies. They also find themselves 3 1/2 back in the Wild Card race.
Another big blow was losing catcher Travis d’Arnaud, to the 60-day IL after tearing a ligament in his thumb and requiring surgery back in early May. They also lost backup Alex Jackson as well to a hamstring/finger injury who was also placed on the 60-day IL. In a corresponding move, the Braves signed Jonathan Lucroy after he was DFAd by the Washington Nationals but has only seen action in two games so far in July.
This has left a mix of Lucroy, Kevan Smith and William Contreras, younger brother of Willson, to cover games as the back stop for Atlanta.
Simply put, Smith and Contreras have not been exactly the greatest hitters in the league. Smith .190 in 19 games and Contreras .203 in 44 games. Atlanta needs a better-hitting catcher with a strong arm such as Willson to better help fill the hole left behind.
Were Willson Contreras to be traded to Atlanta, I’m sure he would have no problem playing along with and mentoring his little brother.