Chicago Cubs: This team’s heart and soul will undoubtedly return
Let’s get one thing straight, Anthony Rizzo is going nowhere. His club option is worth $14.5 million with a $2 million buyout and will have another one of the same value in 2021. Will Rizzo just end up getting extended? He very well could, but his age and recurring back issues do become a factor. Regardless on an extension or not, Rizzo is going to be a Cub in 2020.
Outside of being the team leader, Rizzo was one of the most consistent hitters on the club last year. He slashed .293/.405/.520 with a .924 OPS (second-highest in his career), 27 homers, 94 RBI, 141 wRC+ and a 4.0 fWAR player in 146 games in 2019. He is also in Gold Glove conversations for first baseman.
Looking at Rizzo’s deal he is on an incredibly club-friendly one which the Cubs gave to him when he did not have much service time under his belt. He is currently the longest tenured Cub in terms of MLB service time with the Cubs. Next year we will see him again in a Cubs uniform with his old pal and new boss, David Ross.