Why Cubs, Anthony Rizzo, have chance for deal a year after Cubs said no

Why time is now for Cubs, Rizzo on extension offer initially appeared on NBC Sports Chicago

MESA, Arizona — If Fernando Tatis Jr.’s $340 million agreement extension with the small-market Padres, in a pandemic economy, states anything about Big league Baseball, it’s that even the owners understand the pandemic hasn’t eliminated their golden goose.

“Listen, this game’s doing well,” stated Cubs veteran All-Star Anthony Rizzo, the one-time Padre. “We’re making a lot of money with the product, and a guy like Tatis Jr. — he’s exciting for the game.”

Why did Rizzo get asked to talk about all that cash in the video game Monday in relation to the little group with 2 $300 million agreements on the books (likewise Manny Machado)? Since he’s one of 3 crucial Cubs gamers in their “walk” years — and possibly the most most likely of any of them to discover adequate commonalities to get an extension done with the club.

Group president Jed Hoyer stated just recently he anticipates to have discussions with a number of Cubs about their futures with the group and possible extensions.

“Obviously, seeing Jed’s comments and just getting to talk to Jed about the team has been nice,” stated Rizzo, who makes $16.5 million this year on a team-friendly agreement he has actually outshined considering that signing it in 2013. “Obviously, everything I love about this city, I kind of wear it on my sleeve, and I still love it. I still love our team. I still love what we have going on here, and keeping everything here inside this building would be the smartest approach for everyone.

“As far as a timeline, I’m not really sure. We haven’t really talked about much of any of that.”

Rizzo, 31, approached the front workplace throughout the offseason a year ago about an extension and was rebuffed.

“It made a lot of sense to try to get it done and not try to break their bank and also be fair,” he stated last spring. “On the other side it didn’t make sense.”

Bank shouldn’t be a problem this time, even for a Cubs ownership group decrying “biblical” market losses in 2020.

If Tatis’ agreement doesn’t state that much, then this does: The Cubs have 3 gamers under ensured agreements for next year at an overall of $38.5 million after cost-cutting and payroll maneuvers this winter season.

And while owners and gamers both are anticipated to highly consider what’s anticipated to be controversial labor settlements over the next year when weighing danger and benefit, Rizzo might be in a unique position compared to walk-year brethren Javy Baez and Kris Bryant in extension talks.

He’s a couple of years older and figures to be discussing a much shorter possible offer on most likely more modest terms. And his relationship with the company considering that his novice year has actually set him up as a veteran clubhouse face, if not face of the franchise.

“Going back to 2013 when we went through this process, it was a pretty easy process,” stated Rizzo, who sees no distinction with Hoyer at the top of the front workplace now compared to Theo Epstein then. “There’s so much history that we have and there’s so much camaraderie.

“It’s exciting to be in this position, and I’m grateful and healthy and just excited to play baseball and be here in spring training and have a full spring training and get ready for 162.”

He didn’t eliminate wanting to permit speak to continue into the season if absolutely nothing gets done this spring. In reality, his 2013 extension got done after the season began.

He likewise appears aware of his baseball death, whether that’s about what’s left of his profession or particularly his time in Chicago.

“At the end of this year, I’ll look back with no regrets because every day, you just enjoy it,” he stated. “It’s too short. Life’s too short. The [career in the] game’s too short. All the cliches. But I really do live my life that way.”

And all that cash in the video game? All that cash the Cubs have made throughout that six-year run of on-field success and earnings he assisted develop? And whatever his reasonable share of that might be in the next couple of years?

“Obviously we’re paid a great deal to play this game,” he stated. “When the mind does drift, I still remember what I’m doing. I’m playing baseball. I was at my nephew’s T-ball practice the other day, and [recognized] the appreciation that this is what I’m doing for a living.

“I’ll just go out and be me, and play well, and I know the money aspect and the business side will take care of itself.”


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Jobber Wiki author Frank Long contributed to this report.