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Anthony Rizzo Reveals Contract Status With Yankees

David Kaestle
Anthony Rizzo will reportedly opt out of his current contract.
Anthony Rizzo will reportedly opt out of his current contract. / Associated Press
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When the New York Yankees traded for Anthony Rizzo at the 2021 trade deadline, he was brought in to be a viable lefty bat that got on base, play great defense and provide leadership. Rizzo has done all of those things and more, making him a great fit in New York.

That doesn't necessarily mean he's willing to stay, however.

Anthony Rizzo Contract Details

After signing a one-year, $16 million deal for 2022 with a $16 million player option for 2023, Rizzo is expected to decline his option and reach free agency. His goal isn't necessarily to leave the Yankees, but rather to score a bigger contract.

Rizzo can't be faulted for wanting a raise after turning in one of the better seasons of his career in 2022. Despite missing 32 games, he still tied his career-high in home runs with 32 while posting his highest OPS (.817) since 2019.

There's no indication of what the 33-year-old is looking for in his next contract, but the Yankees may have to pay him what he wants given their lack of left-handed power in the lineup and internal first-base options. Rizzo has also proven he can handle the pressures of playing in New York and in the postseason, which isn't easy to find.

With Aaron Judge also hitting free agency, the Yankees sure have a lot on their plate this offseason.

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