5/12 Rizzo gets 7-year, $41 million deal

The Cubs locked up another one of their core players on Sunday. Sources confirmed the Cubs have signed first baseman Anthony Rizzo to a seven-year, $41 million contract extension with two club options worth $14.5 million each. The deal includes escalators which could increase the total value of the contract to $73 million.

Fox Sports’ Ken Rosenthal was the first to report the deal, which does not include a no-trade clause. Rosenthal reports the contract will override Rizzo’s existing 2013 deal, and is essentially a six-year extension. As a “Super Two” player, Rizzo, 23, would have been eligible for arbitration after the 2014 season. The deal will effectively buy out one year prior to qualifying for arbitration plus four arbitration years and two years of free agency eligibility.

Last August, the Cubs gave shortstop Starlin Castro a seven-year, $60 million contract. Rizzo and Castro are key pieces which Theo Epstein and GM Jed Hoyer hope to build around. The Rizzo extension ensures the Cubs can keep him under control through 2021.

Rizzo was batting .280 with nine home runs and 28 RBIs. He was tied for second in the NL and fifth in the Majors with 19 extra-base hits. In his last 16 games, Rizzo was batting .452 with eight doubles, three home runs, and 14 RBIs; he opened the season hitting .173 in his first 21 games.

Promoted from the big leagues last June 26, Rizzo was inserted into the No. 3 spot in the Cubs lineup, and showed he was worthy, batting .330 with seven home runs and 17 RBIs in July to win NL Player of the Month honors. He does not have a full season yet with the Cubs, and has played 172 games total in the Majors.

— Carrie Muskat


love this deal!!!!!!! Not only does it lock him in but it also provides us the flexibility to trade him with some value IF THAT WAS EVER needed… not saying it is…. im just saying IF….

I like the way Management locked him in during his prime years. He will become a FA at 32 or 33 years of age. Also, the Cubs have a couple of hard hitting 1st baseman in the Minors, that can now become trade bait as they mature.
So now Management has locked up Castro and Rizzo for few years. It really looks very good.

We have a two game winning streak. Have we accomplished that prior this season? My short term memory is sketchy. If we have, can`t have done so often. How about a three game streak. Doubt we`ve done that, but let`s do so tonight. The way yesterday`s contest began, I was skeptical we could win. Our hurler made in vicinity of 28 pitches in first inning, and theirs just 6. Seemed as though they were knocking ball all over the lot, and we went down in order meekly in first three innings. One-third of game was all I saw due to circumstances beyond one`s control. Was shocked to hear last evening that we won. Am liking Feldman more and more. He has an idea as to what he wants to do on mound and executes.

I wouldn’t get too attached to Feldman as he may very well be trade bait by the deadline? But the Rizzo signing is so refreshing….a 7 year deal for a YOUNG player entering his prime years??? Just another reminder that Hendry is looooooong gone. These are the types of moves that give us hope Hoystein knows what he’s doing and the Stewart signing deserves a mulligan. Besides, the two million lost on Stewart is a spec in the cosmos compared to the financial hell hole Hendry dug with the Soriano contract. I believe we can honestly think that Hoystein will NEVER be desperate enough to offer a “Soriano” contract to one dimensional players. Or allow the owners to pressure him in to doing so.

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