Baseball is a tough business, especially when it comes to trades. The Milwaukee Brewers learned this last July when they traded Josh Hader. They underestimated how much of an impact him leaving would have in the clubhouse. This offseason, Matt Arnold has swung a handful of trades. Perhaps his biggest trade brought the Brew Crew their potential catcher of the future in William Contreras. Following the news, Contreras posted a sincere goodbye to Braves fans and the organization.
💔💔THANKS BRAVES COUNTRY@braves no espere salir de esta manera de la organización de los bravos , pero estoy aquí agradeciendo por todas las oportunidades que me dieron , las supe aprovechar al máximo , gracias a los fanáticos por brindarme su apoyo 🎺🎺💔 pic.twitter.com/6RE6L8ClED
— William Contreras (@Wcontreras42) December 14, 2022
Through google translator, here is what his post is interpreted as saying.
I didn’t expect to leave the Braves organization this way. But I’m here thanking them for all the opportunities they gave me. I knew how to make the most of them. Thanks to the fans for giving me their support.
William Contreras will now be a member of the Brewers organization.
Contreras will be under club control through the 2027 season. Matt Arnold views him as a bat first type player. If he would have been on the Brewers in 2022, he would have ranked first in several offensive categories. Due to his offensive ability, it’s likely that Craig Counsell uses Contreras at both catcher and designated hitter.
Needless to say, Brewers fans and personnel are eager to see what he can accomplish in Milwaukee. Contreras will additionally be competing in the same division as his brother, Willson Contreras. He signed with the Cardinals earlier this offseason.