Anthony Rizzo is about to return to the Yankees

Anthony Rizzo is about to return to the Yankees

New York — Anthony Rizzo He’s keeping his Yankees pinstripes on for a little while longer, agreeing Tuesday to a two-year contract with a club option through the 2025 season, the club announced. The deal is worth at least $40 million, sources told’s Marc Feinsand, but the team did not disclose terms.

Rizzo’s new deal will pay him $34 million over the next two seasons, with a $17 million club option or a $6 million buyout for 2025, according to sources.

Rizzo, who turns 33 in August, is batting .224/.338/.480 in 130 games this season for the Yankees, his first full campaign in New York since being acquired from the Cubs before the 2021 trade deadline.

A natural fit for Yankee Stadium’s inviting right-field porch, Rizzo tied his career high with 32 home runs, drove in 75 runs and provided needed left-handed balance in the lineup and a reliable glove at first base.

“He’s everything we could have hoped for,” Yankees manager Aaron Boone said recently. “He’s an amazing person in our clubhouse, an amazing teammate, amazing leader, very productive on the field. i think [he’s] A lot is spent playing for the Yankees. He handles everything that goes with the game here very well as one of the premium players and leaders.”

Rizzo’s park-adjusted OPS+ of 131 ranks him in the top 30 among qualified hitters in 2022 and makes him the second-most productive bat in a Yankees offense that has struggled to find consistency in the backfield. Aaron is the judge. Rizzo and Judge developed a close friendship during their time together.

The Astros also showed interest in Rizzo, a career. 265 hitter in 12 big league seasons in 2016 who won the World Series with the Cubs. A three-time All-Star while in Chicago, he posted an above-average OPS+ (over 100) in 11 straight seasons and has topped the 20-homer mark in each of his past nine full seasons (shortened 2020 campaign aside).

Rizzo will enter 2023 with a career line of .265/.366/.481, needing 17 more homers to reach the 300 mark. Defensively, Rizzo won four NL Gold Glove Awards at first base from 2016 to ’20 but posted a -5 Out above average Since joining the Yankees.

Speaking at the MLB owners meeting in New York on Tuesday, Yankees managing general partner Hal Steinbrenner indicated that Judge’s free agency would not prevent the club from pursuing a free agent like Rizzo.

“In my opinion, what steps am I going to take before signing Aaron?” Steinbrenner said. “Yeah, that’s not going to stop me from signing other people. We’ve got to make moves. It’s all about who’s going to come off the board. Some guys are going to come off the board sooner than others, and if there’s somebody that we think we need, But I have to make the decision to continue to improve the club and not just sit back until I find Aaron.”

With Rizzo returning to the fold as the starting first baseman, the rest of the Yankees’ infield could change before Opening Day. Josh Donaldson Expected to return as a third baseman, Steinbrenner praised the veteran’s defense as well as a work ethic that he said is “second to none.”

Steinbrenner expressed concern DJ LeMahieuHis health deteriorated due to a chronic toe injury on his right foot that reduced his productivity and availability in the second half of the season.

“This is no ordinary injury,” Steinbrenner said. “It’s not normal what we see every year in every team. I don’t know enough about it. We were not told the surgery was over. The question is, how long after surgery? We’re not there.”

“As far as the little kids — [Oswaldo] Including Cabrera, who came in when he was a great surprise — we’re going to go with the young kids,” Steinbrenner said. “Some of the veteran players, they want to see it, because I’ve talked to them.”’s Betelhem Ashame and Andrew Simon contributed to this story

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