Tom Ricketts releases 5-sentence statement thanking Cubs' core that got traded: 'They gave us memories we will hold forever'

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(670 The Score) Cubs chairman Tom Ricketts released a brief five-sentence statement Friday evening thanking the three 2016 championship core members whom the organization traded in a fire sale across the past two days.

Ricketts shared his appreciation for first baseman Anthony Rizzo (dealt to Yankees), shortstop Javier Baez (Mets) and infielder/outfielder Kris Bryant (Giants).

“I want to personally thank Anthony Rizzo, Javy Báez and Kris Bryant,” Ricketts said. “Together they played critical roles for one of the most successful runs in Chicago Cubs history. They each secured a place in the hearts of Cubs fans everywhere. While their days taking the field together as Cubs have come to an end, they gave us memories we will hold forever.

“I also wish to acknowledge Jed (Hoyer) and his team for making the tough decisions necessary to build the next great Cubs team.”

From 2015 until selling their core pieces in the last couple days, the Cubs earned three NL Central crowns, won the 2016 World Series and advanced to the playoffs five times.