Willson Contreras Discusses Uncertain Future With Cubs
By Larry Rupp
Willson Contreras made sure to gesture to the fans on Monday night when he became the first leadoff hitter in Chicago Cubs history to hit a grand slam in the first inning. He knows that his time playing at Wrigley Field could soon be up unless the front office offers him a contract extension.
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Contreras spoke with reporters after what was an amazing game. The 30-year-old became the third Cubs catcher to hit 100 home runs in his career, joining Gabby Hartnett and Jody Davis. Despite his early season success, Contreras said he is still hearing crickets when it comes to a possible deal.
That's not a good sign considering what Chicago's front office ultimately decided to do with star players like Anthony Rizzo, Kris Bryant and Javier Baez last season. Each one of them was traded just hours prior to the midseason deadline and left behind legacies that every Cubs fan will remember.
“I’m at peace with myself. I’m at peace with my mind. And whatever happens, even during the season or after the season, is going to be fine with me.”- Willson Contreras on his Cubs future
There'd be no shortage of suitors if Contreras is shopped in July. He is currently the only catcher with an OPS greater than .700 and is on pace to set a career-high mark in RBI. Overall, he is slashing .283/.397/.509 on the season to go along with 22 runs scored, 5 home runs and 14 RBI (26 games).
Contreras has played within the Cubs organization for 13 years after first joining the team as a teenager out of the Dominican Republic. The fan base certainly wants to see year 14 become a reality, but the likelihood that happens is decreasing with each game that goes by.
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