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Cubs Decide Not To Trade Willson Contreras, Ian Happ at Trade Deadline

The All-Star catcher and outfielder will surprisingly remain with the Cubs for the rest of the 2022 season.
Willson Contreras Ian Happ No Trade Chicago Cubs

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The Chicago Cubs granted Willson Contreras' wish -- it is over.

And it is the way the 2016 World Series champion and three-time All-Star catcher wanted. The Cubs decided not to trade Contreras or outfielder Ian Happ prior to the MLB trade deadline at 5 PM CT Tuesday. Ken Rosenthal of The Athletic first reported the news.

Contreras and Happ are the two players Cubs general manager Carter Hawkins could have traded to net the biggest return, but he declined to do so.

Contreras signed out of Venezuela as a 17-year-old in 2009 then debuted in Chicago's 2016 season. He has grown into one of the faces of the Cubs and a mentor to young players. The 30-year-old is set to be an unrestricted free agent after this season.

Happ, the ninth overall pick in the 2015 MLB Draft, worked on his offensive weaknesses this offseason and turned himself into an All-Star. He is positioned to become a free agent after the 2023 season.

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Last season, Willson Contreras and Ian Happ watched teammates Javier Baez, Kris Bryant and Anthony Rizzo leave the Cubs before the trade deadline. While a few players left the clubhouse this year, the notable duo will stay put for now.

Cubs Deadline Trades

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Aug. 2: David Robertson to Phillies for prospect Ben Brown

Aug. 1:Scott Effross to Yankees for prospect Hayden Wesneski

July 31: Dixon Machado to Giants for Raynel Espinal

July 30:Chris Martin to Dodgers for Zach McKinstry (What McKinstry brings to Cubs)

What's On Tap Next For Cubs?

The Chicago Cubs will play their first series after the trade deadline, with a three-game set starting Tuesday at the St. Louis Cardinals.