Chicago Cubs: Anthony Rizzo has cooled after a torrid start with the Yankees
It was shocking to see Anthony Rizzo, the longtime captain of the Cubs, be the first member of the core traded, but it’s hard to argue the logic behind the move. Rizzo’s offensive production had been tapering off in recent years, and the Cubs were able to flip him for two very well regarded prospects.
The Yankees were betting on Rizzo being able to take advantage of the short-porch in right field, but after a blistering start, that simply hasn’t been the case. Rizzo is currently sporting an OPS in the .770’s, lower than what it was in Chicago, and the most notable moment thus far in his Yankees tenure has been his public war of words with Jed Hoyer.
The Yankees have been a much better team since the deadline, but it’s hard to credit Rizzo’s mostly pedestrian production for that. Given Luke Voit’s presence, one wonders whether or not Brian Cashman will have interest in retaining Rizzo this winter.