The correct decision would be to extend Contreras while they have cash to spend. Contreras is still in his prime and will be more affordable than JT Realmuto, we guarantee.
Contreras is striking.230 as of this writing with tremendous power for his position– 17 house runs.
This is why its essential to develop around Contreras, who will be entering the last season of his contract next season. Contreras plays a premium position in catcher, making him an obvious target to be the centerpiece of the next age of Cubs baseball.
Where should the Cubs start?
Minus Kyle Hendriks, the Cubs do not have much of a pitching personnel assembled for Contreras to lead. Include doing not have depth throughout the board, and the Cubs front office led by Jed Hoyer has plenty of work to do this offseason if they in fact intend on developing a winner.
With the likes of Javy Baez, Anthony Rizzo and Kris Bryant out the door and unlikely to return, the Chicago Cubs are entrusted Willson Contreras and little else in their rebuild.
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Cubs needs to extend Willson Contreras.
Okay, the very first choice might seem like a cop-out, but there is no new Cubs core without Contreras. If they trade him for leading prospect capital, or allow him to stroll after next season, theyll be starting from scratch wishing to eventually acquire a gamer as talented as he is.
The right decision would be to extend Contreras while they have money to invest. The Ricketts household is infamously inexpensive of late, but they no longer need to pay Baez, Rizzo, or Bryant. Contreras is still in his prime and will be more cost effective than JT Realmuto, we guarantee.
Contreras is hitting.230 since this writing with incredible power for his position– 17 house runs. Hes a run-producing backstop who can lead a pitching staff. Hes going into one last arbitration year and if the Cubs desire to avoid another legal fight over his income, it d be sensible.