Is Willson Contreras about the be the latest member of the 2016 World Series Championship Chicago Cubs team to take his talents elsewhere?
Despite the fact that Cubs ownership assured fans they’d be spenders this offseason, the team has stayed on the sidelines for the most part while a bunch of big contracts are being signed all over the MLB.
In a much more minor move (relative to what’s going on around the league), the Cubs inked veteran catcher Yan Gomes to a short two-year contract.
Catcher Yan Gomes and the Chicago Cubs are in agreement on a two-year, $13 million contract, sources familiar with the deal tell ESPN. @CraigMish was on the news.
— Jeff Passan (@JeffPassan) November 30, 2021
Shortly after the Cubs signed another catcher, Willson Contreras took to Twitter to send out a cryptic message.
— Willson Contreras (@WContreras40) November 30, 2021
Fans were quick to assume this meant Willson Contreras was preparing to play elsewhere.
F’ing Cubs!!!! What the hell are they doing? I’m done with them. If they don’t have money, sell the damn team. Wish you nothing but the best WC, you’ll always be a fan favorite of all us former Cub fans.
— Nick Nacks (@630NS) November 30, 2021
Willson where are you going? This is a good question
— Talkin’ Baseball (@TalkinBaseball_) November 30, 2021
— #FireNagy (@Rybread_90) November 30, 2021
— Mandy 😷 🩹 🩹🩹 (@Mandy44_9_17) November 30, 2021
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Willson Contreras currently has just one year remaining on his contract with the Cubs. And no reports indicate the team has engaged in any contract extension talks with the fan-favorite.
The catcher is coming off an injury-plagued down year in 2021. But still remains one of the top defensive catchers in the game, who can fill in pretty much anywhere in most MLB lineups.
If Willson Contreras’s Twitter activity is any indication of things to come, we could be seeing a trade in the near future.