Although not a surprise at this point, Willson Contreras officially rejected the Chicago Cubs' qualifying offer on Tuesday, making him a free agent. The move ends Contreras' 14-year run with the Cubs organization.
Willson Contreras was one of just a few connections to the 2016 World Series team remaining on the payroll. However, with his departure and Jason Heyward's official departure announced on Monday, Kyle Hendricks remains as the only member from that championship team.
The news was originally reported last week regarding Contreras and his rejection of the qualifying offer. However, Tuesday the news became official. According to reports, only two players accepted the offer.
Now, it appears that the Cubs will enter 2023 with Yan Gomes and another name at the catching position. It will be the first time since the beginning of 2016 where Contreras wasn't a foundation piece of the team's catching corps.