Report: Anthony Rizzo 'eager' to re-sign with Yankees

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(Audacy) Those close to first baseman Anthony Rizzo aren't making any bones about his desire to remain with the New York Yankees.

Rizzo is "quite eager" to re-sign with the Yankees in free agency this winter, an unnamed family member told Bob Klapisch of NJ.com.

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After being acquired from the Cubs just before the trade deadline in late July, Rizzo slashed .249/.340/.428 with eight home runs and 21 RBIs across 49 games with the Yankees. In total, Rizzo posted a .783 OPS in 576 plate appearances in 2021.

Back in March, Rizzo had turned down a four-year, $70-millon contract extension with the Cubs, Ken Rosenthal and Patrick Mooney of The Athletic reported.

What Rizzo's market ends up being will be interesting. Reigning National League MVP Freddie Freeman is the top available first baseman in free agency this offseason, with the thought being that he'll likely top Paul Goldschmidt's five-year, $130-million extension with the St. Louis Cardinals. It would be a surprise if that deal comes with anyone other than the National League champion Braves, the only team that Freeman has ever played for.

If Freeman does indeed re-sign with the Braves, Rizzo could be in position to capitalize on first base-needy teams that weren't able to land the top available option. That will be especially true if Brandon Belt also re-signs with the San Francisco Giants.

Should the Yankees re-sign Rizzo, general manager Brian Cashman will need to be careful about the length of the new pact. While 33-year-old DJ LeMahieu saw the bulk of his time at second base in 2021, there may come a day when he needs to play first base on a regular season. LeMahieu has a full no-trade clause and is owed $75 million over the next five seasons. Giancarlo Stanton is seemingly entrenched at designated hitter through the 2027 season, when his gigantic contract concludes.

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