Cubs exercise Rizzo’s $16.5 million option for 2020 season

By Anthony Caruso III | Publisher

The Chicago Cubs have exercised their $16.5 million option in Anthony Rizzo’s contract. He will now be with the team for the 2020 season.

This was the first two option years in his contract. While it is being reported by ESPN that the Cubs have made this decision, the team has not announced it yet.

Chicago Cubs first baseman Anthony Rizzo hits an RBI single against the Pittsburgh Pirates
Anthony Rizzo hits an RBI single against the Pittsburgh Pirates (Getty Images)

He also has an option year for the 2021 season. Depending on how he does in 2020 will determine if they exercise that option, as well.

“He’s just so important to everything we do on the field and off the field,” Cubs president of baseball operations Theo Epstein said in September. “There’s a personal connection with every player, every staff member, everyone in the organization because of what he’s done here and his personality, who he is.”

The decision to exercise Rizzo’s option came one day after the Cubs exercised José Quintana’s $10.5 million option. The team also declined Derek Holland’s $7 million option one day ago.

Rizzo has been apart of the Cubs organization since the 2012 season. He was apart of the team that won the 2016 World Series Champion.

He was acquired in a trade in January 2012 after spending his rookie season with the San Diego Padres. Rizzo was acquired by the Cubs in a trade with prospect Zach Cates in a trade that sent prospect Kyung-Min Na and Andrew Cashner to the Padres.

This past season, he had a career-high .293 batting average with 27 home runs and 94 RBIs in 146 games. The 27 home runs were the most since he had 32 during the 2017 season.

The 94 RBIs ended a four-year run, where Rizzo had more than 100 RBIs in a season. The last-time that Rizzo did not have at least 100 RBIs in a season was in 2014 when he had 78 RBIs in 140 games.

Rizzo is a three-time All-Star and a three-time Gold Glove winner. He also won a Platinum Glove and a Sliver Slugger Award in his career.

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