3 Most Likely Free-Agent Destinations for Anthony Rizzo
The New York Yankees midseason' acqsuition of All-Star first baseman Anthony Rizzo didn't pan out to a deep postseason run. Rizzo hits unrestricted free agency this offseason and his reputation as an excellent on-base bat from the left side, to go along with his Gold Glove defense, will have teams around baseball interested in the the 32-year-old veteran.
Check out the three mostly likely Anthony Rizzo free agent designations.
Anthony Rizzo Free Agency
1. New York Yankees
Rizzo and the Yankees weren't able to make that deep postseason run, but the veteran left-hander seemed right at home in pinstripes. New York has tough decisions to make on its corner infielders next year, and shortstop is the biggest offseason priority. But, Brian Cashman and the front office not only appear ready to spend above the luxury tax threshold this offseason, but have raved about Rizzo and his impact on the clubhouse.
2. Boston Red Sox
The Boston Red Sox went after Rizzo at the trade deadline but fell short to their divisional rivals. Now they have a chance to steal away an important bat in the Yankees lineup. If the Red Sox part ways with Kyle Schwarber, it'd be nice to pair Rizzo's bat alongside the right-handed power of Bobby Dalbec. Rizzo is a much-better fielder at 1B and offers the Red Sox some flexibility with their right-handed heavy lineup.
3. San Diego Padres
San Diego needs to make some changes if they want to turn the page on a disastrous 2021 campaign. From looking like World Series contenders to a a third-place finish and missing out on postseason baseball, the season was more or less a disaster. Eric Hosmer was San Diego's primary first baseman this season, but it's clear Rizzo offers the lineup some more power - arguably their biggest need. Rizzo slugged .440 in 2021 with 22 home runs and 61 RBIs. Those numbers don't blow you away, but are superior to Hosmer's .269/.337/.395 slash line and 12 home runs.
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