Willson Contreras precisely what Mets — and Cubs — want

Willson Contreras emoji alert: Mets want a catcher initially appeared on NBC Sports activities Chicago

The massive-market workforce with essentially the most aggressive proprietor in baseball and one of the best file within the Nationwide League simply misplaced its former All-Star catcher to a six-week hand damage.

If Willson Contreras thought the Cubs’ offseason signing of Yan Gomes was worthy of Twitter trolling in November, he may break his emoji maker over all of the potential commerce hypothesis about what Steve Cohen’s Mets may do for a catcher with James McCann sidelined.

And if Friday’s damage information wasn’t sufficient to make Cohen and the Mets really feel the necessity to function with any urgency, which may change after their first collection lack of the season over the weekend, together with a second have a look at McCann’s meager numbers thus far this season — and a first-hand have a look at the mediocre depth behind him.

Contreras is essentially the most eligible, doubtlessly finest catch at his place on this summer season’s commerce market — particularly now that he is off to the form of begin on the plate that has him flirting with a 3rd All-Star choice six weeks into the season.

Which makes the pending free agent all the things the Mets want — now and even after McCann returns.

However Contreras is all the things the Cubs want, too — now and even after this not-a-rebuild/soft-tank course of turns right into a critical baseball effort once more on the North Facet.

And that must be the bigger level — ought to have been sufficient of a degree to have secured a major, multi-year extension from the membership by now for its All-Star, championship-core catcher with the competitor’s edge, who could not even get a one-year deal carried out with the Cubs to keep away from an arbitration listening to subsequent month.

“I am making an attempt to raise this workforce up; I am making an attempt to do my finest to move my power to all people, not simply me,” he mentioned throughout a troublesome end to the final homestand — simply forward of a 7-for-19 (1,065 OPS) highway journey that included a torrid collection in San Diego and helped the Cubs go 4-2 within the six video games.

“I am making an attempt to assist my workforce, to have all people’s again.”

Whether or not the Mets will aggressively pursue him this early within the season — stranger issues have occurred — Contreras is all however sure to be one of many premier bats accessible later in the summertime, particularly with the designated hitter now employed by the NL.

After the June 9 listening to, he’ll be making both $10.25 million or $9 million this 12 months, of which the pro-rated share is a team-friendly proposition, both method, for any workforce with a necessity and its eye on October.

Contreras even received some doubtlessly excellent news on that entrance over the previous week when groups received two of the primary three instances determined this 12 months (Braves beating Austin Riley; the Cardinals beating Tyler O’Neill; and Andrew Benintendi beating the Royals).

Every case is taken into account unbiased from the remaining, however an early edge for groups or gamers usually evens out in later choices (arbitrators may be fired by both MLB or the union).

Cubs president Jed Hoyer mentioned when he blew up the roster final summer season that he did not know the definition of a rebuild. Nice.

Name it no matter you need.

However someone within the bean-counter division may wish to take a tougher have a look at Contreras’ worth. To this workforce.

And pay him now.

Or pay for the choice later.

Get what you pay for?

The stat of the week comes from seatgeek.comthe place tickets to Tuesday’s and Wednesday’s Cubs-Pirates video games could possibly be had for as little as $4 as of early Monday morning.

Moderately see the Cubs and Diamondbacks on Thursday? That recreation had tickets for as little as $6. Even Sunday afternoon’s recreation had some $11 tickets.

What’s it heaven? No, Iowa

Sizzling take of the week: The Cubs’ do not win both collection throughout that just-concluded 4-2 highway journey if Frank Schwindel truly had wound up in Iowa, as deliberate when he was optioned to the minors Might 8.

Vertigo was hitting .209 with a .558 OPS when he was despatched out earlier than the ultimate recreation of the final homestand. However as soon as the Cubs received to San Diego and realized David Robertson would be a part of Marcus Stroman on the COVID-19 IL, Schwindel was put within the subsequent financial system center seat from Chicago to San Diego and again within the lineup that evening.

He did not have rather more than three strikeouts to indicate for his sudden name to obligation Monday — however by Sunday’s ninth inning he was delivering his second big hit of the journey, this time a ninth-inning game-winner.

He additionally had a go-ahead two-run double in Wednesday’s collection clincher in San Diego and completed the journey on a 5-for-15 streak — all of which began after coming off the bench Tuesday evening within the ninth and developing one lifeless ball and a foot wanting hitting a possible game-winning grand slam.

“It is simply been a loopy week,” Schwindel mentioned on the printed after Sunday’s recreation.

Press field wag

Frank the Tank most likely will not make the distinction between a shedding season and profitable the division for the Cubs this 12 months, nevertheless it’s at all times good to see good dudes have success.

Press field wag: “Possibly the workforce that does not know the definition of rebuild can discover a new one for tanking.”

Take the ballot

As unusual Cubs accidents go, Nico Hoerner’s ankle damage does not precisely rise to the degrees of Felix Pie’s 2008 twisted testicle on the cringe scale or Sammy Sosa’s 2004 back-injuring sneeze on the what-the-hell scale.

However winding up on the injured record after working into the umpire whereas lining up for a relay throw?

That is received to be proper up there with Kerry Wooden’s 2007 slip within the sizzling tub that bruised his chest and delayed his begin to spring coaching, or one-time Cub Thomas Neal dislocating his shoulder on a throw to second from left discipline in 2013.

Or possibly Brandon Morrow throwing out his again whereas taking off his pants in 2018? Or Jose Quintana chopping his thumb on a damaged glass whereas washing dishes a number of days earlier than summer season camp opened in 2020?

Give Hoerner credit score for originality, together with an ice pack. After which take the ballot:

Could possibly be worse (proper, Reds followers?)

The Cubs aren’t going to get by the following three weeks with out 5 extra video games in opposition to the Brewers, 5 in opposition to the Cardinals and two in opposition to the White Sox.

However till that gauntlet of 12 straight, they get 11 in opposition to the Pirates, Diamondbacks and the worst-in-baseball Reds, who’re so unhealthy they received a no-hitter from rookie Hunter Greene (and a bullpen pal) and nonetheless misplaced Sunday’s recreation to the Pirates 1-0.

It was solely the sixth time since 1901 a workforce received no-hit and received, solely the second time within the final 30 years (additionally Dodgers beating Angels 1-0 in 2008).


The most effective spots for a pregame chunk inside a pair blocks of Wrigley is the family-owned El Burrito Mexicano, subsequent to the L cease on Addison — a favourite of longtime Nationwide League visiting baseball writers for many years.

Good costs. Higher meals.

Cannot go fallacious with the hen burrito.

Chess bump?

Nice story within the New York Instances by Scott Miller on Padres third baseman Manny Machado and his rising expertise for taking part in teammates and coaches at chess within the clubhousetwo boards at a time.

In order that’s how the Cubs received a collection final week for the primary time for the reason that opening weekend?

The Padres had been enjoying chess whereas the Cubs had been enjoying … baseball?

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