Chicago Cubs: Anthony Rizzo made his feelings pretty clear this year
Similar to Bryant, it just feels like we’re at the end of the road when it comes to the Chicago Cubs and Anthony Rizzo, who was acquired in a trade with the Padres 10 years ago this week.
Bowden has the Cubs third on his list of best fits for the three-time All-Star, behind the Yankees and Braves. Of course, Atlanta’s involvement is entirely predicated upon the possibility that franchise icon Freddie Freeman leaves in free agency. Most in the industry don’t believe this will happen, but with New York and Los Angeles sniffing around, you can never say never.
Rizzo loved his time in the Bronx and, according to reports, would love to return. He moved out of his Chicago-based home last month and after a surprisingly public back-and-forth between him and Cubs president Jed Hoyer after the deadline, I just don’t see a reunion working here.
Maybe his market craters and the two sides decide to bury the hatchet. But that would mean he accepts that he’s not the player he once was (although he’s still an above-average presence on multiple fronts) and he’s not going to take home a nine-figure deal. I think Bowden hits it on the head here: if Freeman leaves Atlanta, Rizzo could end up there – otherwise, my money’s on the Yankees.