One of the most beloved players in the history of the Chicago Cubs is likely on the move, as multiple reports have indicated that first baseman Anthony Rizzo is close to being traded to the New York Yankees.
According to YES Network’s Jack Curry, the Yankees are “moving closer” to acquiring Rizzo:
The Yankees are moving closer to acquiring Anthony Rizzo from the Cubs. #yankees— Jack Curry (@JackCurryYES) July 29, 2021
New York Post columnist Joel Sherman also reported that the Yankees are “on the brink” of bringing Rizzo into the fold for the stretch run:
The Yankees are on the brink of acquring Anthony Rizzo from the Cubs. @JackCurryYES 1st— Joel Sherman (@Joelsherman1) July 29, 2021
The Yankees have already made a massive move this week, acquiring slugger Joey Gallo from the Texas Rangers. The Yankees are nine games behind the Boston Red Sox in the American League East, but are just three games back of the Oakland A’s for the second wild card spot in the American League.
Rizzo, acquired by the Cubs in 2012, has appeared in 1,308 games for the franchise in the last 10 seasons, with 242 home runs and 784 RBI’s to his credit. The three-time All-Star, four-time Gold Glove winner and 2016 World Series champion has struggled a bit this season, with 14 home runs and 40 RBI’s in 92 games, but several injuries have also slowed him down in the final season of his contract with the Cubs.
It is unclear who the Cubs will get in return for Rizzo in the trade.
The #Cubs are reportedly receiving outfielder Kevin Alcantara and pitcher Alexander Vizcaino from the Yankees for Anthony Rizzo.— Cubs Live (@Cubs_Live) July 29, 2021
And a last walk around Wrigley Field with Anthony’s family and Kevin.
Source: NBC 5 Chicago