Chicago Cubs: How much in-prime Anthony Rizzo remains?

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Hard to believe the Chicago Cubs’ Anthony Rizzo is already 30 years old, one could wonder how much of his prime years does he have left in the majors.

The 2020 baseball season was supposed to be the ninth year for Anthony Rizzo as a member of the Chicago Cubs. Since coming over from the San Diego Padres in January 2012, the lefty slugger has become one of the most consistent players in baseball and the face of the Cubs franchise. So much is uncertain about the 2020 season, so we yet to know if Rizzo will embark on year nine soon or in 2021.

Rizzo turned 30 years old last year and came off another grade A season hitting .293/.405/.520 with 27 homers, 141 wRC+, and .924 OPS in 146 games. Not to mention another Gold Glove award. Counting 2020, he has two more years of control on his deal and is a no-brainer candidate for a contract extension. Let’s get one thing straight; he should 100% get some sort of extension.

While it sounds premature to ask how many years of in-prime Rizzo are left in the tank, the question does arise. Being 30 is not exactly old, but it is a point where people tend to start to wonder just how long a player has left to play his top-game. For some, 30 is right in the center of prime years, while for others, it marks the later half of them. How does it look for Rizzo?