Following a concerning hamstring injury to All-Star catcher Willson Contreras, and the decision to trade backup Martin Maldonado, catcher has gone from a position of strength to a massive liability for the Chicago Cubs in a matter of days.
Victor Caratini will likely be the only player that has catching experience on the MLB roster, should Contreras hit the IL.
The best option available in order to replace Contreras could be former Los Angeles Angels catcher Jonathan Lucroy, who was just DFA'd by the team earlier this week.
While it's true that Lucroy might be a shell of the All-Star player that dazzled us as a Milwaukee Brewer, he still has a lot of value to bring to a contending team.
A .242 average with seven home runs is lackluster for a starting catcher, but Lucroy's penchant for getting timely hits in clutch situations and experience calling a game accrued over a decade in the majors would make him an ideal candidate to back up Caratini if Contreras is out for a significant amount of time.
A player that was just DFA'd is rarely viewed as a knight in shining armor that could save a team, but Lucroy could help the Cubs shoulder the potential loss of Contreras.