Chicago Cubs’ Anthony Rizzo Signs Extension: Future Is Now
The Chicago Cubs have not had much go right for them this season, but there is reason for Cubs fans to be happy about the future of their team. They just locked up their power-hitting first baseman Anthony Rizzo to seven-year extension worth $41 million.
The Cubs envisioned Rizzo being part of their future, when they acquired him from the San Diego Padres in the 2011-12 off-season. This deal shows that the Cubs are serious about competing in the NL Central Division.
The deal also includes two club options that are worth $14.5 million each. There is also a $2 million buyout included with this deal. Rizzo will not receive the buyout if the two options are exercised by the Cubs. The contract will also cover his pre-arbitration year, four arbitration years, and two free agent years.
The club options also covers two more free agent years. He would have qualified as a Super Two player following this season, and that is why there are four years of arbitration instead of the usual three.
The total value over nine years could make this contract worth $73 million with escalators included in the deal. The escalators in this deal are based on how well he finishes in MVP voting. The contract is guaranteed from 2013-2019, and it does not include a no-trade clause.
The clause will not be an issue, because I don’t see the Cubs trading him at any point with him being young and his ability to drive the ball to all fields.
There was a chance that Rizzo was going to be sent Triple-A because he was struggling to hit, but his recent hot streak quickly ended the chance of that happening. He has a triple-slash of .288/.361/.915 to go along with 9 HRs and 28 RBIs.
This contract ensures that Rizzo will be a force in their line up for years to come, but it’s a shame that he has no control on how the bullpen performs.