As trade deadline approaches, Willson Contreras ‘ready for it to be over’
Willson Contreras has known for a while that this day would come, but that doesn’t make it any easier.
On Sunday evening, the veteran catcher wrapped up his final game before the MLB trade deadline — a 4-0 Cubs loss in which he went 0-for-4 with a strikeout.
Contreras met with the media in the clubhouse after Sunday’s game and gave an honest assessment of where his mind is at.
“I just want this to be over,” he said. “If they’re going to trade me, they’re going to trade me. If they don’t want to trade me, then don’t. I just want this day to pass and keep focus on playing baseball.
“It’s not easy to be playing with all these rumors. I’m ready for it to be over.”
The deadline is Tuesday afternoon and the Cubs are off Monday before beginning a three-game series with the Cardinals in St. Louis.
“We’ll see what happens,” Contreras said. “It’s gonna be a long day. It’s been a long, long, long week. A long, long month for me. I’m ready for it to be over.”
Sunday marked Contreras’ 707th game in a Cubs uniform. He has spent nearly half his life — 14 years — in this organization.
The 30-year-old admitted he has been a bit distracted by the impending trade deadline.
“It’s hard because any time that you have a little free time, your mind is going to trade rumors,” Contreras said. “I wish that wasn’t the case, but I won’t lie.”
Contreras exploded onto the scene at the corner of Clark and Addison in June of 2016, hitting a home run in his first MLB at-bat and emerging as a valuable piece on the World Series team.
He started Game 7 as a rookie and delivered an RBI double in one of the most exciting baseball games ever played.
If this is the end of his time with the Cubs, he wants to go out his way.
“If I’m gonna walk away, I’m gonna walk away with my head up high,” Contreras said. “Because from Day 1 in 2016, I’m trying to do my best to help this team to win and make it better. I’m really thankful for the time that I’ve been here — 14 years.
“Obviously this game shows us that it’s not about feelings, it’s about business. That’s something that I’ve learned this year. It’s not about feelings.”
Catch Contreras’ emotional comments in the video above.