The Chicago Cubs signed catcher Willson Contreras to a one-year, $9.625 million contract to avoid arbitration.
An agreement finally got sealed the same day that his arbitration hearing was scheduled to take place.
Contreras originally requested $10.25 million back in March, while the Cubs countered back at $9 million.
Although a deal got done for this season, the 30-year-old will be eligible to hit free agency in November.
Contreras is off to a hot start to begin the 2022 season, batting .277/.403/.530 with 10 home runs, 35 runs scored, and 23 RBI.
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