Rizzo agrees to deal to return to Yanks (source)

Mar 17, 2022 214

BY: Bryan Hoch

Anthony Rizzo’s arrival in a July trade helped sharpen the Yankees’ infield defense last season, offering a patient and potent presence in the heart of the lineup. The club is eager for a reprise, agreeing late Tuesday to a two-year, $32 million deal with the first baseman. The club has not announced the move, which is pending the completion of a physical. Rizzo’s agreement includes a player opt-out after the 2022 season, according to MLB Network insider Jon Heyman.

Rizzo, 32, was among the first basemen in whom the Yankees showed interest this offseason. New York was unwilling to deal top prospect Anthony Volpe for the Athletics’ Matt Olson, who went instead to the Braves. General manager Brian Cashman had remained engaged with free agent Freddie Freeman, but industry sources were skeptical of their chances, which appears to have led them back to Rizzo.

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SOURCE: https://www.mlb.com/

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