Willson Contreras is struggling to let go. The former Chicago Cubs catcher has embraced the rivalry, now as a member of the St. Louis Cardinals.
Willson Contreras chose to sign with the St. Louis Cardinals — that’s an important fact to remember.
However, the Chicago Cubs never truly made him feel wanted. The contracts offered to Contreras by the Cubs were far from reasonable, as he eventually signed a five-year, $87.5 million in St. Louis. Recently, rumors were spread from the Chicago clubhouse via Ken Rosenthal about Contreras work ethic, suggesting he went rogue and disagreed with the coaching staff as recently as last season.
Contreras commented on that chatter over the weekend. He’s done with it, or so he says.
“It caught me by surprise because I thought that I did a really good job with the organization and that, by the time I left the team, everybody was happy with me,” Contreras said, via the Chicago Sun-Times. “There’s a lot of different history, I guess. Who knows who’s telling the truth?”
Willson Contreras continues to take shots at Cubs
Contreras went on to say that he is grateful for his time in Chicago. Some of the blowback from the Rosenthal report has surely gotten to him slightly, though, as evidenced by his description of the so-called ‘difference’ between how the Cardinals and Cubs operate.
“The Cardinals operate different,” Contreras said. “Here, we’re always looking to improve every day, to do something to help each other, and the whole team is working in the same [direction]. Every time I come here, every single day, they’re always trying to improve everybody, and that’s something I really like, and I think it’s great.”
In that statement, Contreras insinuated that the Cubs do not operate in a way that allows players to improve on a daily basis.
Yes, that’s sure to go over well in the Windy City.