The latest Anthony Rizzo rumors

November 4th, 2021

MLB.com is keeping track of all the latest news and rumors surrounding first baseman , who is a free agent.

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Oct. 25: Rizzo could be hoping for Bronx return (report)
First baseman Anthony Rizzo seemed to enjoy his brief tenure in pinstripes, so much so that he could be looking to return to the Bronx. The Newark Star-Ledger's Bob Klapisch cites an unnamed member of Rizzo's family in reporting that the free-agent slugger is "quite eager" to return to the Yankees for the 2022 season (and perhaps beyond).

The Yanks acquired Rizzo via trade from the Cubs on July 29, and went 17 games above .500 the rest of the way en route to an appearance in the American League Wild Card Game. Rizzo cooled off to roughly league-average production after a red-hot first week in pinstripes, but the addition of him and Joey Gallo helped to balance a Yankees lineup that was previously overly dependent on right-handed hitting.

Rizzo has family in nearby New Jersey, a potential advantage for the Bronx Bombers in drawing him back, but plenty of teams could be looking to add a slugging first baseman this winter -- especially if Freddie Freeman re-signs with the Braves. In March, The Athletic reported that Rizzo turned down the Cubs' five-year, $70 million extension offer, offering a hint of what he could be looking for on the free-agent market.

Oct. 5: Will Yanks re-sign Rizzo?
The Yankees’ season came to an early end Tuesday when they lost to the rival Red Sox in the AL Wild Card Game. As they turn their attention to the offseason, one of their big decisions will be determining whether to re-sign Rizzo, who homered in Tuesday’s game and was a solid Trade Deadline addition for New York.

A left-handed hitter who puts the ball in play often and has a reliable glove at first base, Rizzo fits well on the Yankees' roster, but a few factors could cause the club to move on from him.

Figuring out how to configure the infielders already on the team might be the top item on general manager Brian Cashman's to-do list. It seems the Yanks have given up on the idea of Gleyber Torres being their starting shortstop, moving him back to second base late in 2021. It’s possible New York will look to sign one of this year's star free-agent shortstops and head into 2022 with Torres at second, Gio Urshela at third and DJ LeMahieu at first, leaving no room for Rizzo both from a positional and financial standpoint.

The Yankees also need to consider the fact that Rizzo is 32 years old and seems to be declining, having posted a .240/.343/.432 slash line (109 OPS+) over the past two years. Re-signing him would mean adding another player in their mid-to-late 30s.

Giancarlo Stanton, Gerrit Cole and LeMahieu are all signed through their age-37 seasons, and Aaron Hicks will be 36 when his deal expires in 2025. New York needs to consider Aaron Judge’s next deal as well. The outfielder can become a free agent a year from now, when he’ll be 30.

Rizzo's contract talks with the Cubs reportedly stalled after the club offerred him $70 million over five years, which provides a sense of the type of deal he'll probably be looking for this offseason.