The rumors that Willson Contreras would leave the Cubs were just that, rumors. The deadline for the changes arrived and the Venezuelan did not leave Chicago.
There were teams interested, but not a good enough offer for the Cubs to release Contreras, who spent the last few days on edge.
"I feel like there was a weight on my shoulders," said the 30-year-old Venezuelan in statements reviewed by Las Mayores.
“I was really looking forward to what could happen,” added the masked man, who received several cheers in what fans thought would be his last game at Wrigley Field.
He and Ian Happ both thought they would follow in the footsteps of Javier Baez, Kris Bryant and Anthony Rizzo, team stars who were traded last year for prospects.
Now, all Contreras wants is to stay focused and contribute to the Cubs.
"I presumed that it would be changed, even though they never told me anything, it happened in previous years... I can't wait to return to Wrigley Field," said the man from Carabobo.
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"It's good that they're still with the team," manager Ross said.
Contreras, a three-time All-Star and a member of the 2016 World Series-winning team, will be a free agent after the end of this season.
The Cubs could receive compensation in the amateur draft if the Venezuelan rejects the one-year qualifying offer before his free agency. There could be the key to his permanence in the club.
In any case, it is a relief for him to end the year at home.