Cubs: Three teams who could sign Anthony Rizzo in free agency

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Cubs: Will Anthony Rizzo succeed Albert Pujols in Los Angeles?

At long last, Albert Pujols is in the final year of his 10-year, $240 million contract with the Los Angeles Angels. 2021 will likely mark the end of his illustrious career that will lead to his prompt enshrinement in Cooperstown.

Which means, come next year, there’s an opening at first base in Anaheim.

What’s not to love about Anthony Rizzo going to the Angels? He could reunite with former manager Joe Maddon and team up with the likes of Anthony Rendon, Mike Trout and Shohei Ohtani to form one of the American League’s most potent offenses.

The Halos haven’t won it all since 2002 – and have been notably absent from the postseason in all but one year of Trout’s career to-date. Adding Rizzo gives you a Gold Glove-caliber first baseman who should age more gracefully than Pujols given his strong on-base approach and two-strike gameplan.

And, better yet, if Rizzo’s back flares up as he gets older, you’ll have the ability to DH him down the road. Throw in the fact that ownership isn’t afraid to spend and you have a recipe for success.