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The Astros Need to Steal This Free Agent Away From the Yankees

Larry Rupp
The Houston Astros need to steal this free agent away from the New York Yankees.
The Houston Astros need to steal this free agent away from the New York Yankees. / AP Photos/Tony Gutierrez

While they do not play in the same division, it's safe to say the Houston Astros and New York Yankees are not the best of friends. The Astros have taken out the Yankees in the ALCS in three of the last six years. Of course, that includes a 2022 playoffs in which Houston swept New York with relative ease.

If the Astros want to repeat as World Series champions and damage a heated rival in the process, they should consider poaching a free agent away from the Yankees. New York has several players set to hit the open market, but one name sticks out among the rest here. That would be first baseman Anthony Rizzo.

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Rizzo has declined his player option with the Yankees in search of a more lucrative contract after matching his career-high with 32 homers in 2022. He's been a reliable slugger for a full decade now, averaging 27 homers, 83 RBIs and an .858 OPS from 2013-2022.

Many people are going to credit Yankee Stadium's friendly dimensions for Rizzo's success, but Minute Maid Park is a hitter's park as well. The three-time All-Star would have no trouble remaining productive with the Astros.

A career slash line of .265/.366/.481 is certainly nothing to scoff at, but Rizzo's defense would likely excite manager Dusty Baker even more. He has four Gold Gloves to his name during his career and also earned the Platinum Glove in 2015. Adding him would give Houston the best infield in the majors.

Veteran Yuli Gurriel enters free agency for the Astros and signing Rizzo would give them a perfect replacement. Not only that, but it would also force the Yankees to look elsewhere at the position. Losing a player that slotted in as the everyday first baseman and No. 3 hitter would not be easy to overcome for a team that will likely need to break the bank for Aaron Judge as well.

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