Anthony Rizzo is five games into his New York Yankees tenure and it’s evident fans want him here for the long haul.
Well, at least, they don’t want him gone right when the 2021 season expires.
Is it possible? Perhaps! The Yankees will evaluate their situation with Luke Voit in the offseason and determine whether it’s worthwhile he remains at DH once he returns. Additionally, thanks to the Hal Steinbrenner financial mandate, the organization will gracefully exceed the luxury tax threshold next year since they won’t suffer a repeat penalty after being under the mark this season.
That means it’s time to open up the checkbook! Rizzo won’t break the bank, but he also won’t be cheap, especially if he finishes the year strong.
But there’s already been chatter about the Cubs reuniting with all of the stars they traded at the deadline: Rizzo, Kris Bryant and Javier Baez. They’ll all be free agents after this year.
Maybe we can take Rizzo off that list, though, because he didn’t exactly have kind things to say about president of baseball operations Jed Hoyer on Tuesday.
Anthony Rizzo took a parting shot at the Cubs after joining the Yankees.
If you’ve paid attention to the baseball world at-large over the last few seasons, it was clear the Cubs’ sell-off was coming prior to this year’s deadline. The Ricketts, who own the team, opted to focus more on developing the Marquee Sports Network rather than retain ONE of their three franchise cornerstones. The team sold Yu Darvish in the offseason. They let Kyle Schwarber go for nothing after non-tendering him. The message was clear.
And apparently that philosophy has trickled down into Hoyer’s office because Rizzo “disputed the team’s assessment that all were offered fair market extensions,” via the conversation he had with David Kaplan of NBC Sports Chicago.
These comments potentially taking the Cubs out of the running once free agency rolls around is huge because, well, Chicago is the only place Rizzo’s played at the MLB level. He started in the Red Sox organization, was traded to the Padres in the Adrian Gonzalez deal (ha!), and then landed with the Cubs when San Diego acquired pitcher Andrew Cashner.
If the Bombers give Rizzo a good experience and/or a run to remember? Maybe only one of those things will convince him to stay now.