Cubs: Theo Epstein’s Greatest Moves: No. 2 – Trading for Anthony Rizzo
Oh captain, my captain. Anthony Rizzo is the undisputed face of the Chicago Cubs franchise. Since coming over ahead of the 2012 campaign, there’s little he hasn’t done on – and off – the field.
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Rizzo is a three-time All-Star, four-time Gold Glove recipient, a Platinum Glove honoree and a Silver Slugger winner. Not to mention he’s a World Series champion and has performed like clockwork over the better part of a decade.
Since 2014, Rizzo has essentially averaged 30 home runs and 100 RBI with a .284/.388/.513 slash line, while providing stellar defense at first base. He’s the heart and soul of this team and I’d imagine we see a statue of the slugger outside the Friendly Confines someday for all his efforts.
Epstein was uniquely familiar with Rizzo. After all, the Red Sox – under Epstein – drafted him back in the sixth round of the 2007 draft. New president of baseball operations Jed Hoyer knew Rizzo from both Boston and San Diego. After picking up his option for 2021, we all have to wonder – is this the swan song for Rizzo at the Friendly Confines?