new york — Anthony Rizzo The club announced Tuesday that he is keeping the Yankees pinstripes on for a while, agreeing to sign a two-year contract with a club option through the 2025 season. The deal is worth at least $40 million, sources told MLB.com’s Mark Feinsand, but the team did not disclose the contract.
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, per sources.
Rizzo, who turned 33 in August, hit .224/.338/.480 in 130 games for the Yankees this season, his first full campaign in New York since being acquired from the Cubs ahead of the 2021 trade deadline.
A natural fit for the Yankee Stadium right-field porch, Rizzo hit a career high with 32 home runs and drove in 75 runs, providing the lineup with much-needed left-handed balance and a reliable glove at first base.
“It was everything we expected,” Yankees manager Aaron Boone said. “He was a wonderful person in our clubhouse, a wonderful teammate, a wonderful leader, very effective on the field. I think [he’s] He’s pretty cut out to play for the Yankees. He handles everything that goes with playing here very well as one of the main players and leaders.
Rizzo Park had an adjusted OPS+ of 131 in 2018. It puts him in the top 30 among qualified pitchers in 2022 and makes him the second most productive bat in a Yankees offense that has struggled to find consistency behind him. Aaron Judge. Rizzo and Judge formed a close friendship during their time together.
The Astros were also reportedly interested in Rizzo. .100) in 11 straight seasons and has hit the 20-homer mark in each of the last nine full seasons (putting aside the shortened 2020 campaign).
Rizzo enters 2023 with a career slash line of .265/.366/.481, needing 17 more homers to reach the 300 mark. Defensively, Rizzo won four NL Gold Glove awards in his first 20 seasons from 2016-20 but posted a -5. It is above average After joining the Yankees.
Speaking at the MLB owners meetings in New York on Tuesday, Yankees general partner Hal Steinbrenner said Judge’s free agency will not prevent the club from making a move on a free agent like Rizzo.
“I think I’m going to make a move before we can sign Aaron?” Steinbrenner said. “Yeah, that doesn’t stop me from signing other people. We have to make moves. It’s all about who gets off the board. “Some guys are going to leave the board early, and if it’s someone we feel we need, I have to make a decision to continue to improve the club and not just sit back until we get 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 Steinbrenner is expected to return as the third baseman, praising the Patriots’ defense as well as a work ethic that he says is “second to none.”
Steinbrenner voiced concerns. DJ LeMahieuHis health caught up with his productivity and presence in the second half of the season due to a toe injury on his right foot.
“This is not a common injury,” Steinbrenner said. It’s not something we see every year in every team. I don’t know enough about him. We were not told that he was out of surgery. The question is how long after surgery? We are not there.
“Until the little children— [Oswaldo] Cabrera added, “What was surprising when he came in — we’re going with young kids,” Steinbrenner said. Some veteran players want to see that, because I talked to them.
MLB.com’s Bethlehem Ashame and Andrew Simon contributed to this story