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Cubs renew Anthony Rizzo


The Chicago Cubs exercised their option to renew Anthony Rizzo’s $ 16.5 million contract this SaturdayThe popular first baseman will remain at the club despite having a lackluster performance during the shortened coronavirus campaign.

Rizzo, 31, He hit just .222 this year, his worst average since 2011, which was his first season in the majors.. Still, he has been one of the most productive sluggers in the majors since 2012, when he was acquired through a trade with San Diego.

I know also stands out as a leader in the clubhouse for the Cubs, champions of the Central Division of the National League.

The Cubs would have owed Rizzo two million dollars for the termination clause, in case of rejecting the renewal alternative. The team would try to extend its agreement in order to generate some salary relief for the next season, given the money it lost due to the lack of public in the stadiums.

On Friday, Chicago turned down $ 25 million mutual option with left-handed pitcher Jon Lester, but each party has the door open for a possible return.

Rizzo had at least 25 homers and 101 RBIs for four consecutive years, from 2015 to 2018. He has 228 home runs in nine seasons with the Cubs, the eighth most in franchise history.

In 58 games this year, hit 11 home runs and produced 24 runs in 58 games. He is a finalist in the vote that could earn him his fourth Golden Glove.