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Breaking: Yankees Acquire Anthony Rizzo

Written by Jameus Mooney

The New York Yankees are set to acquire their second high-on base lefty batter in the last 24 hours as they land a deal to bring All-Star first baseman Anthony Rizzo to the Bronx. Rizzo, in the final year of his deal, is the first of presumably many big-names the Cubs will trade in the next 24 hours as they say goodbye to the core that broke the curse of the Billy Goat in 2016.

Rizzo was the cornerstone of the historic 2016 team, in a season where he hit 32 homeruns with a .928 OPS and won his first of four gold glove awards. Rizzo has been one of the top first baseman of this generation, posting 36.6 WAR to go alongside his 236 career homeruns, a lifetime .370 OBP and a 128 OPS+ across 11 seasons with Padres and Cubs. Rizzo is a 3x All-Star, all three coming from 2014-2016 when he hit to a .285/.386/.527 slash. He has 14 homeruns in 2021, but that total would be 23 if all of his games had been played in Yankee stadium.

Heading back to Chicago is the number 11 prospect in the organization, Alex Vizcaino. Vizcaino has a Fangraphs FV of 45, and featured three plus pitches. Joining him is 19 year old phenom Kevin Alcantara, ranked number 120 in all of baseball. Solid pop, excellent defense and tremendous speed to give the Cubs a lot to work with.

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Jameus Mooney