When the Chicago Cubs didn’t trade Willson Contreras in time, they essentially guaranteed to lose him for next to nothing. A signing with the Cardinals would be a worst-case scenario.
opposites is in the final year of his contract and will be a free agent at the end of this season. An obvious rental target for a rival team at the close of trade, no suitor matched the Cubs’ asking price, with leaks suggesting Jed Hoyer’s demands were well in excess of what most competing teams were willing to pay for the 30-year-old catcher.
The Cubs would get a comp pick in the upcoming MLB draft if he signs elsewhere, assuming they make Contreras a qualifying offer (which he then doesn’t accept).
St. Louis makes a lot of sense for Contreras on the surface. Despite being a hated rival for the Cubs, Yadier Molina is retiring at the end of the year and St. Louis will have money for a new backstop.
Cubs should be tired of Willson Contreras signing with Cardinals
David Kaplan, a Cubs insider and Chicago radio host, says he’s heard the Cards are interested:
“[Willson Contreras]obviously has the respect of a lot of his teammates, he’s a three-time All-Star, he’s got the best arm in the National League, and I’ve heard from people associated with the Cardinals who I love a lot well know that they will definitely be in the game with Willson Contreras”, said Chaplain.
This would clearly be the worst option for the Cubs. It would be the ultimate lesson for a front office that should have gotten what it could for Contreras while they had the chance. Instead, they risk losing Contreras to their biggest rival for nothing more than a comp pick.
Contreras in Cardinal colors would be hard to watch for any die-hard Cubs supporter. Assuming the interest in the cards is genuine, it’s a perfect match.
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