Chicago Cubs catcher Willson Contreras is set to hit free agency after the 2022 season, and he reportedly already has an eye on just what he will be looking for later this year.
According to a report from the New York Post’s Jon Heyman, Contreras will likely be aiming to sign off on a contract worth $100 million-plus. The veteran catcher also aspires to put pen to paper on a five-year contract agreement, which would then see him earn at least $20 million per season.
A $20 million per year deal for Contreras would make him the third highest-paid catcher in MLB today based on average annual value. Philadelphia Phillies catcher J.T. Realmuto signed off on a $23.1 million AAV deal last year, while Kansas City Royals slugger Salvador Perez agreed to a $20.5 million AAV contract in March 2021.
As mentioned, Contreras will become a free agent later in the year. He was arbitration-eligible for the ongoing campaign, but Cubs team officials ended up coming to terms with him on a $9.625 million salary to avoid heading to an arbitration hearing on June 9.