REPORT: Cubs Are Extending Willson Contreras a Qualifying Offer, and He Is Going to Reject It

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REPORT: Cubs Are Extending Willson Contreras a Qualifying Offer, and He Is Going to Reject It

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We’d call this expected and expected, but it’s still news – and it’s interesting to me that it’s being reported two days before the Qualifying Offer deadline even arrives.

Per Jon Heyman, Willson Contreras is going to get the Qualifying Offer from the Cubs on Thursday, and already knows he’s going to reject it:

Often, free agents will use that time between receiving the Qualifying Offer and officially rejecting it to gauge the market and make sure there isn’t an inefficiency (i.e., re-signing with the old team at a price that the market, when attached to draft pick compensation, will not bear).

But if it is already known, two days in advance, that Contreras is going to reject the offer, then everyone knows this relationship is just done. Maybe the Cubs already effectively (if not officially) gave Contreras the offer, and also let him know that they wouldn’t be engaging in serious extension negotiations during this next week? And thus he can safely already reject it and get a head start on his free agent search? It’s all a little odd, compared to the usual timing.

Contreras, 30, should have a good-sized market given the lack of offense league-wide at the catcher position, and the ability to use him at DH (where the bat plays, too). The question is whether he can get a four-year deal in the $80 million range with draft pick compensation attached, because I’m guessing that’s where he’d hope to land.

When Contreras does sign elsewhere, the Cubs will get a compensatory draft pick after the second round of the draft in 2023.


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