C,DH - FA
Willson Contreras has been in discussions with the Houston Astros. The two sides plan to meet at the Winter Meetings.
Contreras was nearly traded to the Astros at last season's trade deadline, but the deal ultimately fell through. He would be a great fit in the already powerful Astros lineup for a team that has never seen a ton of offensive production from behind the plate. Contreras could also be utilized in the outfield as well in Houston, giving him even more potential fantasy value.
Willson Contreras is not accepting the Cubs’ qualifying offer of one-year, $19.65 million.
Contreras declining is not a surprise as he is likely to receive plenty of interest on the open market. Expect Contreras to sign a long-term contract.
Willson Contreras was offered a qualifying offer of one-year, $19.65 million, by the Cubs.
Contreras will decline the offer and look for a long-term deal. If he signs with another team, the Cubs will receive a comp pick after Competitive Balance B.
Willson Contreras has declined the Cubs' $19.65 million qualifying offer and has become a free agent.
There was some question if the Cubs were going to work out a contract extension with Contreras, but the 30-year-old catcher will hit the open market. He slashed .243/.349/.466 with a 132 wRC+ in 2022 and would be a fine addition to nearly any team in 2023.
Willson Contreras went 2-for-3 with a walk and a solo home run in a win over the Reds Tuesday.
Contreras is slashing .243/.349/.466 with 22 home runs, 55 runs batted in, and four stolen bases this season. The 30-year-old will be an unrestricted free agent at the end of the season.