Rizzo, Cubs Enter Extension Talks (FINALLY)
After a whirlwind of offseason moves which saw President of Baseball Operations, Theo Epstein depart Wrigleyville a year early, the team’s ace traded to San Diego for an extremely young prospect package, and fan favorites, Jon Lester and Kyle Schwarber departing for our nation’s capital after not being offered new contracts, Cubs fans finally have some good news on the horizon. Not only is it the final weekend without baseball for 7 months, but Jed Hoyer is finally beginning contract extension talks with members of this current Cubs core.
According to Jon Heyman via Twitter, the Cubs have finally made an offer to franchise 1B, Anthony Rizzo.
Cubs are trying to extend star 1B Anthony Rizzo and have made him an offer. Last word heard is that there’s still a gap. But there’s nearly a week to go before season starts.
— Jon Heyman (@JonHeyman) March 27, 2021
The 31-year old veteran is the longest tenured Cub on the roster, dating back to 2012, and he has blossomed into the clubhouse leader that he was always intended to be. Rizzo told NBC Sports, “I’ve obviously expressed it before. I love Chicago. I love the fans. I love the city. I’m happy here. It’s just about doing what’s right and what makes sense. I want to be here for the rest of my career. I want to be here 25 years from now when the Cubs are in the World Series, throwing out first pitches. I’ve seen other Cubs greats come back. That motivates me to keep getting better.”
While we do not have an exact offer from the club, various reporters are saying that there is still a gap between the Cubs and Rizzo in terms of figures. Fans can only hope that the Ricketts family will be willing to offer a little more for their franchise player to keep him on the North Side of Chicago for life. The Cubs will also look to discuss contract extensions with fellow free agents to be after the coming season, Javier Baez, who has also admitted his desire to stay in Chicago, along with former MVP Kris Bryant, who has stated he is willing to listen to offers from the Cubs and that he also could see himself staying in Chicago. Willson Contreras has stated that the Cubs have not approached him yet to talk extensions, but he will not be a free agent until after the 2022 season.
Rizzo’s career numbers with the Cubs:
283 offensive WAR