Cardinals, Willson Contreras attain 5-year, $87.5M deal

The St. Louis Cardinals have discovered their alternative for the spot vacated by longtime catcher Yadier Molina, reaching a five-year, $87.5 million cope with free agent Willson Contreras on Wednesday, a supply conversant in the deal advised ESPN’s Jeff Passan.

Contreras, 30, has spent the previous 14 seasons within the rival Chicago Cubs group. In seven MLB seasons, he has hit .256 with 117 residence runs and 365 RBIs.

Identified for his sturdy arm, Contreras has handled criticism about his recreation calling, however that will have been overblown. He helped oversee a Cubs pitching employees that went to the postseason in 5 out of six years from 2015 to 2020.

Contreras may also play left discipline and first base and can possible get some reps because the designated hitter when he isn’t behind the plate.

He compiled a 128 OPS+ in 113 video games final season for the Cubs however is the one free agent catcher with draft decide compensation connected to him after Chicago gave him a qualifying provide.

Molina retired after a profession that spanned 19 seasons within the majors, all with the Cardinals. The ten-time All-Star catcher was a two-time World Sequence champion, successful 9 Gold Glove awards and a Silver Slugger award whereas registering 2,168 hits.