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Cubs' Willson Contreras Talks Positivity, Uncertain Future

The Cubs' All-Star catcher spoke with 670 The Score on his future, contract extensions, and staying positive.
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The Chicago Cubs have endured a great deal of chaos throughout the 2022 season, including a current 10-game losing streak, and it will only intensify in the coming weeks. But amidst the uncertainty of what the trade deadline may bring, Willson Contreras is staying positive through all of it.

The All-Star catcher spoke with Bruce Levine of 670 The Score on Friday and talked about advice he’s received from former and current teammates.

“I learned from my old teammate Pedro Strop and my young teammate Christopher Morel that it doesn’t matter if you are having a good day or a bad day, you should always have a smile on your face,” Contreras said.

The Cubs backstop added that he’s not worried about whether he will sign an extension this season or head to another team at the trade deadline. Instead, he is focusing solely on playing baseball.

“I feel like when you put the focus on free agency or trade rumors, you are putting the focus on something besides baseball.”

So far this season, Contreras has been the best offensive catcher in the league. He has easily staked his claim as starting catcher for the National League in this year's All-Star game. The right-handed slugger is currently slashing .276/.396/.536, good for a .932 OPS, and has 53 hits including 12 home runs, 12 doubles, one triple, 25 walks, and 26 RBIs. He ranks fourth in the NL in offensive WAR (2.8), first in the NL in assists as a catcher (28), first in MLB in OPS by a catcher, SLG by a catcher, home runs by a catcher, and runs by a catcher (39), and ranks top-five in MLB in hits, doubles, and walks from a catcher.

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Willson Contreras's Future Outlook

The Chicago Cubs and Willson Contreras avoided arbitration earlier this season by agreeing on a salary for the 2022 season. But fans assumed that a long-term extension -- if the Cubs were intent on retaining him -- would have happened before a salary settlement for this season. Alas, most signs point to the Cubs eventually trading the slugger before the deadline.

As far as extension talks, according to Contreras, it sounds like neither side has discussed the possibility yet.

“Even if they have talked I haven’t been told anything by him yet,” Contreras said about his agent and the Cubs. “I told my agent ‘Do the best job you can do and let me know.’ Really, I don’t think they have communicated yet.”

Contreras reiterated how he is focused on his health for the season, not wanting to be a distraction to his teammates, and “being there to try to help (the Cubs) win every day.”

Despite the Cubs' struggles (23-40 record, fourth place in NL Central), Contreras told Levine that the team's effort is not an issue.

“Even though the results have not been there, the effort has been,” Contreras said. “We are hungry to win and more importantly sticking together. I am really proud of that.”

With the trade deadline a little over a month away, fans can guarantee the trade rumors will heat up surrounding the Cubs and Contreras. Be sure to tune in to Cubs On Tap for all the updates.