One year after trading a bevy of star players at the MLB Trade Deadline, the Chicago Cubs are in a similar spot with catcher Willson Contreras. His name is floating around the market, but he remains focused on wearing the Cubs jersey for as long as he can and hopefully in the 2022 All-Star game.
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Contreras leads all National League catchers in All-Star votes at the end of June and could be the sole representative for an organization he has spent over a decade playing for. It's safe to say the veteran would be filled with pride in that scenario considering it would be his third appearance for Chicago.
“To wear the Cubs jersey at the All-Star game, I’m proud of that. This is my house; this is my home. And it’s been my home for 14 years."- Willson Contreras
Keep in mind Contreras joined Chicago's organization two years prior to Javier Baez being drafted, three years prior to Anthony Rizzo being acquired via trade and four years prior to Kris Bryant being drafted. He has had a front row seat to all the ups and downs, including a World Series victory back in 2016.
Not only is Contreras lined up as a near lock to earn an All-Star game nod, but his younger brother William is in the running as well. The Atlanta Braves' designated hitter is second in voting behind Philadelphia Phillies' Bryce Harper, who just underwent surgery for a substantial thumb injury.
Even if he only has a month left on the roster, it's clear Contreras is ready to make the most out of it.