Chicago Cubs: Per usual, no one is talking about Anthony Rizzo

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Chicago Cubs: Don’t take Anthony Rizzo for granted

While you’re turning blue in the face debating whether Kris Bryant or Bryce Harper would be a more important long-term asset, I’m here to tell you that the answer is none of the above.

Already playing on arguably the most team-friendly contract in all of baseball (seven years, $44 million), Anthony Rizzo has proven to be a steal for the Chicago Cubs. But a day is coming where the tables will turn – and the front office will finally have to pony up some serious dough.

The three-time All-Star and two-time Gold Glove recipient is under team control through 2021, courtesy of a pair of $16.5 million team options in both 2020 and 2021. Then, at age 32, he’ll hit the open market for the first time.

It’s hard to figure what he’ll get in terms of length at that age, but thinking he’s going into it asking for 5-7 years makes sense. And if the Cubs have their head (and finances) in the right place, there’s no reason it won’t come from the Ricketts family.

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He’s given everything to this franchise and has epitomized the kind of annually consistent performance you’ve had the front office preaching for years now. So, as we fawn over other big names this winter, let’s not overlook this big name that’s been a mainstay for years on the North Side.