The Cardinals are signing catcher Willson Contreras away from their bitter rivals, the Chicago Cubs. Contreras has agreed to a five-year, $87.5 million contract with St. Louis as they try to replace Yadier Molina in the long run.
ESPN’s Jeff Passan reported the news via Twitter on Tuesday afternoon.
Contreras has been a Cub since making his MLB debut in 2016. That same year, he helped the team end the longest championship drought (108 years) in the history of American professional sports. He’s also made the All-Star team three times in 2018, 2019 and 2022.
Last season, Contreras played in 113 games, gathering a batting average of .243 and 22 home runs in 416 at-bats. He also struck out 103 times and had 55 RBI. He’s never batted below .237 and is considered one of the best defensive catchers in the sport.
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