All-Star Catcher Willson Contreras: Cardinals are “Better Organization” Than the Cubs

Willson Contreras with the Chicago Cubs in 2018
Willson Contreras with the Chicago Cubs in 2018. Photo by Peter Joneleit/CSM/REX/Shutterstock (9727496z)

All-Star catcher Willson Contreras saw a lot of success during his seven seasons with the Chicago Cubs. But despite this, the veteran believes that his new team, the St. Louis Cardinals, are “a better organization.”

Contreras left the Cubs this offseason to sign a five-year, $87.5 million contract with the Cardinals. And while he is yet to play an official game for the franchise, he is already happy with his choice.

“For me, I like this better. It’s a better organization. Old school way, which I love it,” Contreras told Bally Sports Midwest when asked about the differences between the Cardinals and the Cubs. “Ever since I got here it’s been everything just one way. The Cardinal way.”

Willson Contreras joined the Cubs organization in 2009 as a teenager from Venezuela. He made his way through the team’s farm system to get his MLB debut in 2016 and went on to become one of the franchise’s most important players. During his time in Chicago, he made three All-Star appearances and was part of the Cubs’ team that won the World Series in 2016.

Despite this, the Cubs reportedly explored ways to trade Contreras in recent seasons as part of their rebuild. This obviously rubbed Contreras the wrong way, as well as the fact that Chicago didn’t make a significant effort to keep him once he hit the free agency. 

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