We’re not even done with the 2021 season. New York Yankees fans know nothing is set in stone. But there are exceptions, and one of them is Anthony Rizzo.
We don’t make the rules … sorry!
Rizzo, even before the trade deadline, was a desired target among viewers who were growing tired of watching the same old Yankees’ flops. The need for a healthy, everyday, left-handed power-hitter with veteran moxie was glaring.
Unfortunately, we’ve learned in 2021 that Luke Voit cannot be trusted to remain healthy. It’s not his fault … he’s just been injured every step of the way since arriving in 2018. There’s still room for him on the roster, though.
Rizzo just simply needs to remain a fixture beyond 2021 if the Yankees hope to contend in 2022, which is the final season before very tough decisions will need to be made on a number of important (or once important) players.
That’s why Cashman needs to change his tone, pronto.
The Yankees need to pay Anthony Rizzo and keep him after this season.
Payroll-wise? Ha, it better not be a repeat of what we’ve dealt with this year! And “internally”? What first basemen are we looking at internally? The answer is none! All of the Yankees top prospects are outfielders, middle infielders and pitchers. We just saw how first base can be a black hole if Voit’s out.
DJ LeMahieu can’t keep jumping all over the infield. He finally got a taste of some consistency at second base and his bat looks like it could begin to come around back to LeMachine levels. After DJLM? It gets bleak. Do we really need to elaborate?
If you’re not ready to jump on the idea of paying Rizzo, let us ask you this: where would the Yankees be if he wasn’t on the team for the last six games?
His first homer in pinstripes! He keeps delivering!
He’s been the LONE spark plug for this offense. His efforts in Miami solely orchestrated the sweep over the Marlins (as did good pitching). On Wednesday night, the Yankees were being no-hit through three innings and were down 3-0 to the Orioles. It looked like another lifeless performance that we could simulate to the ninth inning (you know what that looks like, right?).
Instead, Rizzo came through again, crushing a solo homer off Matt Harvey in the fourth to break the ice and get the Yankees on the board. What followed? Nine more runs. Yankees win 10-3. The lefty slugger added a 13-pitch walk for good measure, too.
We won’t blame Cashman for opting not to get ahead of himself, but please, spare us commentary about future payroll restrictions (which shouldn’t exist) and “internal” options at first base. Fans aren’t going to appreciate that messaging. Hasn’t anyone in the PR department told him by now?