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Chicago Cubs: Looking ahead: Who gets the first extension?

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Oct 22, 2016; Chicago, IL, USA; Chicago Cubs owner Tom Ricketts (left) hands the National League Championship Trophy to President of Baseball operations Theo Epstein after game six of the 2016 NLCS playoff baseball series at Wrigley Field. Cubs win 5-0 to advance to the World Series. Mandatory Credit: Jerry Lai-USA TODAY Sports
Oct 22, 2016; Chicago, IL, USA; Chicago Cubs owner Tom Ricketts (left) hands the National League Championship Trophy to President of Baseball operations Theo Epstein after game six of the 2016 NLCS playoff baseball series at Wrigley Field. Cubs win 5-0 to advance to the World Series. Mandatory Credit: Jerry Lai-USA TODAY Sports /
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Apr 23, 2017; Cincinnati, OH, USA; Chicago Cubs first baseman Anthony Rizzo prepares in the dugout at the beginning of a game against the Cincinnati Reds at Great American Ball Park. The Reds won 7-5. Mandatory Credit: David Kohl-USA TODAY Sports /

Anthony Rizzo

The leader of the team, Rizzo is already serving an extension – a cheap one at that. One of the most reliable players in baseball, it’ll be hard to see the slugger go after all he’s done.

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Pros: As previously mentioned, Rizzo is the leader of the team. Making sure he’s locked up throughout the rest of his prime would be wise, and of course he’ll be worth it.

Cons: Perhaps the least likely to even get an extension, let alone the first, Rizzo is on a very team-friendly extension already. Loyalty aside, Rizzo deserves to be paid big bucks and he’ll probably wait until he’s a free agent to get it.

Taking all this information into account, in this writer’s opinion Contreras will get the first extension. His will probably be one of the cheapest and he’s already one of the best defensive catchers in baseball. Maybe a deal like Rizzo’s seven-year, $41 million? That would cover all of his arbitration years and his first two free agent years after that.

Which player do you think will get the first extension? Let us know in the comments.

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