ESPN.com’s Jesse Rogers added that according to one of his sources, there was no “meaningful discussion” about a contract extension, but that “doesn’t mean there won’t be one”. Contreras — who will be a free agent after this season — currently leads the Cubs in runs scored (35), on-base percentage (.403), slugging percentage (.530) and OPS (.933), while ranking second in home runs (10), walks (24) and batting average (.277).
The Venezuelan backstop signed with Chicago as an amateur free agent in July 2009 at the age of 17 and made his league debut in June 2016. Contreras recorded 12 home runs, 35 RBIs and a slash line of .282/.357.488 through 252 at-bats in 76 games that year as a rookie before hitting 21 home runs and recording a career-high 74 RBIs in 2017.
The 30-year-old played a career-high 138 games in 2018 and recorded a career-high 27 doubles and 118 hits while making his first-team All-Star. 2019 may have been Contreras’ best season yet as he made another All-Star team and posted career-best numbers in home runs (24), slugging percentage (.533) and the slugging percentage on base plus (.888).
He hit seven homers and had 26 RBIs, while producing a .246 batting average during the pandemic-shortened 2020 season, then finished 2021 with 21 homers, 57 RBIs and a .237/ 0.340 / 0.438. .