The Chicago Cubs may have revealed their plans for Willson Contreras

The Chicago Cubs express interest in tendering a qualifying offer to pending free agent Willson Contreras 

As speculated, the Chicago Cubs front office will tender catcher and soon-to-be free agent Willson Contreras a qualifying offer, according to team president of Baseball operations, Jed Hoyer.

Hoyer held his traditional end-of-season news conference Monday morning and covered a wide range of topics, including the future of the All Star..

“We’ll obviously make him a qualifying offer and we’ll continue that dialogue,” Hoyer said. “We’ve talked to Willson. We’ve talked to his representatives.

“We’ve always had a really good relationship. I admire how he competes, and I admire the passion.”

Hoyer says Cubs will “definitely” make Qualifying Offer to Willson Contreras. That is expected, given that it would net a comp pick should he sign elsewhere in free agency.

Contreras’ future was a storyline throughout the 2022 season. The Cubs shopped him leading up to the trade deadline but ultimately hung on to him.

The Venezuelan is set to become a free agent for the first time in his career following seven seasons with the Cubs and 14 overall in the organization.

Should Contreras decline the QO — a one-year deal worth around $19 million, then the Cubs will receive a draft pick as compensation.

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