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New York Yankees sign star first baseman Anthony Rizzo to Multiyear Contract
On Tuesday, November 15th, 2022 as the Major League Baseball free agency market got underway the New York Yankees signed the veteran big slugging superstar first - baseman, Anthony Rizzo, to a multiyear contract.
Rizzo just re - signed with the New York Yankees on a 2 - year agreement that consists of a club option for a 3rd - year (2025 MLB season). This new contract is worth up to approximately $40 to $51 million of fully guaranteed money depending on how the New York Yankees handle that club option.
If the New York Yankees decide not to pick up that club option on Rizzo’s deal than he will become an unrestricted free agent once again in 2025, but it they do exercise that club option Anthony will be scheduled to hit the MLB free agency market in 2026.
How the New York Yankees Originally Acquired Anthony Rizzo
Anthony was originally traded by the Chicago Cubs to the New York Yankees just prior to the 2021 Major League Baseball trade deadline, and then Rizzo ultimately decided to return to New York to play for the Yankees for the 2022 MLB season on a two - year, $32 million deal which included an opt out after the first year.
He became an unrestricted free agent following Rizzo exercising the opt out clause of his contract for the 2nd - year of that agreement with the New York Yankees most likely to increase his value for a new contract which he just agreed to with the front office of the New York Yankees this week.
Anthony Rizzo’s Production with New York Yankees
Throughout the past MLB season Rizzo managed to crush 32 - home runs for the 4th - time in his illustrious professional baseball career, and previously Anthony had never hit more dingers. Rizzo finished his 2022 MLB campaign with a total of 75 - RBIs over the 130 - games he appeared in despite carrying the low batting average of .224. The now 33 - year - old platinum - glove first – baseman was unfortunately sidelined between August 31st, 2022 and September 18th, 2022 due to extreme back pain and headaches that resulted from an epidural injection to treat his back.
Anthony has suffered from chronic back pain for the duration of his Major League Baseball career, but he has always managed to be considered one the greatest assets of any ball club that he has ever played for.
Immediately upon his arrival in New York to join the Yankees ball club, Rizzo quickly became a favored teammate for many of the current Yankees, including Aaron Judge who is also an MLB free agent at the moment.
At the recently concluded MLB general manager meetings, the New York Yankees general manager, Brian Cashman, mentioned that keeping Rizzo with the New York Yankees was a top priority during the 2022 - 2023 MLB offseason as well as attempting to re - signing their superstar slugging right fielder in Judge.
Aaron Judge’s MLB Free Agency Market
Judge is currently in talks with several Major League Baseball franchises who are looking to sign his during this 2022 - 2023 MLB offseason including the Los Angeles Dodgers, the New York Yankees, and his home - town San Francisco Giants. The San Francisco Giants have been claiming they will spend whatever it takes to acquire Aaron Judge prior to the upcoming 2023 Major League Baseball season.
Left - Handed Batters Production for the New York Yankees in 2022
Rizzo's home run total from last season accounted for 40 % of the New York Yankees' 77 - homers by left - handed batters, and his RBI total was 37 % of the 202 by the New York Yankees left - handed hitters.
Anthony Rizzo’s Baseball Career Achievements, Honors, & Awards
- 3 - Time MLB All - Star Selection (2014, 2015, 2016)
- World Series Champion (2016)
- 4 - Time Gold Glove Award Winner (2016, 2018, 20192020)
- Platinum Glove Award Winner (2016)
- Silver Slugger Award Winner (2016)
- Roberto Clemente Award Winner (2017)
“Source: Yankees, Anthony Rizzo agree to multiyear deal worth up to $51M”, Jesse Rogers, espn.com, Tuesday, November 15, 2022.
“Anthony Rizzo”, baseball-reference.com, Wednesday, November 16, 2022.
“Anthony Rizzo”, spotrac.com, Wednesday, November 16, 2022.
Written by: David Green