3 players the Chicago Cubs must not trade: #3 – Anthony Rizzo
Anthony Rizzo sets this list off not so much for his numbers in 2021, but because he is viewed by many as the heart and soul of the roster. The moment you could pinpoint Rizzo as the captain, in my book, was in 2014 when approaching the Cincinnati Reds bench all by himself sticking up for his team.
Since then, he has been a part of three division titles, three NLCS appearances and of course, the first World Series championship in 108 years. He is also a three-time All-Star, four-time Gold Glover and one-time Silver Slugger recipient.
Although Rizzo is now 32, his glove has not faltered. His current slash line is .244/.343/.431 but he has gone six for his last 14 and is starting to heat up at the plate. The idea of re-signing Rizzo seems like a no-brainer to Cubs fans, the question is: What is he willing to sign for?
Rizzo turned down an extension of five years and $70 million. By doing so, it put a road block in place on extension highway. Rizzo is one that is in everybody’s heart as a Cubs fan. His contributions on and off the field make him one of the most likeable Cubs in recent history.
What the organization must be asking itself, is “Are we ready to commit to a $15-20 million AAV considering Rizzo’s age?” Will Rizzo be worth that amount annually when he is 37? Unfortunately, it’s understandable from a business perspective. Perhaps some contract options can be instituted in a new negotiation process. Either way, Rizzo’s leadership and experience in the postseason is invaluable. The captain must stay.