Cubs, Padres continuing trade discussions centered on Willson Contreras, Ian Happ

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(670 The Score) With the MLB trade deadline looming Tuesday at 5 p.m., the Padres continue to express serious interest in Cubs catcher Willson Contreras, outfielder Ian Happ and closer David Robertson, sources said.

The Cubs-Padres talks were temporarily put on hold when San Diego acquired All-Star closer Josh Hader from Milwaukee on Monday. The Padres are also one of the front-runners to land Nationals star outfielder Juan Soto, and that potential acquisition is the priority for San Diego. Should that not come to fruition, the Padres' focus could turn back to the Cubs.

The Padres have several elite prospects who interest the Cubs. The Padres’ top prospect is 20-year-old outfielder Robert Hassell, who’s hitting .299 with an .846 OPS at high Class-A this season. For the Cubs, the trouble is that the Padres seem unlikely to trade Hassell for rental players. Contreras and Robertson are set to be free agents at the end of this season, while Happ is under club control through 2023. The Padres selected Hassell at No. 8 overall in the first round of the 2020 MLB Draft.

Catcher Luis Campusano is San Diego’s second-ranked prospect, and Chicago is interested in acquiring another catcher as it’s set to part ways with Contreras. Miguel Amaya, the top catching prospect in the Cubs’ system, is working back to form after Tommy John surgery. Campusano, 20, is hitting .300 with an .826 OPS at Triple-A this season.

The Cubs have continued to have trade discussions with the Mets about Contreras, and the Rays have also expressed interest in him, according to reports.

The Cubs have had trade talks with upward of 10 teams about Robertson. One of them is the Yankees, whom Robertson pitched for from 2008-’14 and again in 2017-’18.

Bruce Levine covers the Cubs and White Sox for 670 The Score. Follow him on Twitter @MLBBruceLevine.

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