However, the 30-year-old won’t come cheap. Ken Rosenthal of The Athletic reported that the asking price could be in the neighborhood of a team’s top five and top-15 prospect, despite the catcher/DH only being a rental.
This might wind up being too rich for the Mets’ blood, especially after sending Pete Crow-Armstrong to the Cubs last year for Javier Baez and Trevor Williams. Now MLB Pipeline has Crow-Armstrong, a high-A centerfielder and 2020 first-round pick, as the 77th best prospect in all of baseball.
That said, the Cubs like Dom Smith and the Mets have significant interest in righty reliever David Robertson, so maybe there’s room for a combo deal. This all depends on which prospects the Mets would have to give up.
Sources say top ranked prospect Francisco Alvarez would not be in play in a package for Contreras, as expected. The Mets also want to hang onto Brett Baty and Mark Vientos, so that would leave either Ronny Mauricio or Alex Ramirez as potential chips in a hypothetical package. As for another prospect in the top-15, Double-A starter Jose Butto (No. 12 in Mets’ system) is a name that comes to mind.