Mark Hoffman - USA Today Sports
Mark Hoffman - USA Today Sports

Cubs to make qualifying offer to Willson Contreras


by - Senior Editor -

Chicago Cubs catcher Willson Contreras is a pending free agent as soon as the MLB offseason starts.

However, that doesn't mean that the Cubs have given up hope that Contreras remains a Cub.

“We’ll obviously make him a qualifying offer and we’ll continue that dialogue,” Hoyer said during his press conference Tuesday. “We’ve talked to Willson. We’ve talked to his representatives.

The qualifying offer will be worth around $19 million, and if he rejects it, the Cub will receive draft compensation.

“I had a great conversation with Willson the other day," Hoyer said. "We've always had a really good relationship. I admire how he competes, and I admire the passion."

For the season, Contreras hit .243 with 22 homers and 55 RBIs.

"He's gone, for sure. The Cubs really had no interest in keeping him," Nightengale said on NBC's Sports Sunday. "They talked [about] a contract last spring, and that was pretty much it.

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