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Sport Cubs will not explore Anthony Rizzo extension this offseason

18:46  11 december  2019
18:46  11 december  2019 Source:   mlbtraderumors.com

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Rizzo is entering his second-to-last season of team control under his original extension . That deal has worked out swimmingly for the Chicago organization “ Anthony has let his desire to be a Cub for life known to the organization,” says Pollack. “Although we do not know what the future holds, a deal to

"The Cubs have informed us that they will not be offering Anthony an extension at this time," Marc Pollack, Rizzo 's agent, told Rogers. For all the talk of possible contract extensions involving Cubs this offseason , first baseman Anthony Rizzo 's name has been mentioned less than other core

The Cubs have decided against pursuing an extension with first baseman Anthony Rizzo this offseason, agent Marc Pollack tells Jesse Rogers of ESPNChicago.com. Whether future contract talks will take place is an open question.

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Rizzo is entering his second-to-last season of team control under his original extension. That deal has worked out swimmingly for the Chicago organization, which is paying Rizzo $14.5M this season with another option remaining at the same price (with a $2M buyout as the alternative).

It seems that Rizzo instructed his rep to broach the possibility of another contract that would keep him locked in at first base for many more years to come. That interest was rebuffed.

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SAN DIEGO -- Anthony Rizzo was one of the first major acquisitions of Theo Epstein's tenure as the Cubs ' president of baseball operations. That makes him a prime candidate for a contract extension , but ESPN reported Wednesday morning that the Cubs will not be offering him a multiyear deal in the

Cubs aren’t talking to Anthony Rizzo about a contract extension this offseason . The Cubs have been exploring extensions with Rizzo , Kris Bryant, Javier Baez, Willson Contreras and And the lack of movement so far shouldn’t suggest the Cubs will enter the 2020 season with the same roster.

“Anthony has let his desire to be a Cub for life known to the organization,” says Pollack. “Although we do not know what the future holds, a deal to make that happen will not be addressed now.”

The 30-year-old Rizzo evidently isn’t seen as a desirable target despite another exceptional campaign at the plate. He slashed a robust .293/.405/.520 with 27 home runs in 2019 and has steadily produced big numbers since a breakout 2014 effort.

The Chicago organization is in an interesting position after carrying a big payroll for several seasons and wrapping up a costlier-than-expected Wrigley Field renovation project. While many would argue that further outlay is warranted, the club has again given signals that it will keep a tight hold on the purse this winter.

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Though Cubs manager Joe Maddon is entering the final season of his contract, the organization will not explore an extension during the offseason to come. President of baseball operations Theo Epstein announced the news, which Gordon Wittenmyer of the Chicago Sun-Times was among those

The check is coming due for the Cubs on the young talent they used in winning the World Series. They made one deal with long-term implications on Tuesday, extending Kyle Hendricks, but are heading toward the point they'll have to sort out the futures of Javy Baez, Kris Bryant and Anthony Rizzo .

That said, the Cubs have expressed interest in pursuing some long-term deals. Rogers says that Kyle Schwarber also hasn’t yet been approached. Kris Bryant is all but certainly a non-starter. Whether Willson Contreras could be pursued isn’t known, but the team has discussed him in trade scenarios. It seems infielder Javier Baez is the likeliest candidate to be locked up at some point in the offseason.

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