The Chicago Cubs were scheduled to go to an arbitration hearing with 30-year-old All-Star catcher Willson Contreras on Thursday. The two sides negotiated right up until the final buzzer before his hearing, resulting in some great news for Cubs fans.
Willson Contreras Arbitration
Chicago officially avoided this arbitration hearing on Thursday after reports revealed the two sides agreed on salary negotiations for the 2022 season.
Cubs insider Jesse Rogers reported the two sides agreed to a 2022 salary worth $9.625 million. This is the exact middle point between the two figures both sides had originally submitted, $9 and $10.25 million, respectively.
This is the final year of Contreras' arbitration contract and he's due for unrestricted free agency in 2023. Regardless of the outcome of these recent negotiations, the understanding around baseball is that Chicago will look to deal its veteran catcher this summer in order to avoid losing him in free agency.
Contreras has been his usual self behind the plate, slashing a stellar (for a catcher) .277/.403/.530 with 10 home runs and 23 RBIs.
Chicago sits in fourth place in the NL Central standings and holds just +30000 odds to win the 2022 World Series on FanDuel Sportsbook.
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