- Height / Weight
- 6' 3" / 240 lbs.
- Date of Birth (Age)
- 8/8/1989 (30)
Chicago Cubs manager David Ross hinted that first baseman Anthony Rizzo could be the team's No. 2 hitter this year. Ross announced on Wednesday that he plans to have third baseman Kris Bryant hit in the leadoff spot. Having the team's best two hitters at the top of the order makes sense, although it could cut down on their RBI opportunities in the long run. Rizzo is one of the most consistent first baseman in baseball, and he hit .293/.405/.520 with 27 home runs, 94 RBI and five stolen bases in 146 games in 2019. After a run of four straight years with 30-plus homers, Rizzo hasn't reached that mark in the last two seasons, and last year also ended a four-year stretch of 100-plus RBI. Still, he's an elite fantasy first baseman and should come off the board in the early rounds.
The Chicago Cubs will not be offering first baseman Anthony Rizzo a contract extension this winter, according to Rizzo's agent, Marc Pollack. "Anthony has let his desire to be a Cub for life known to the organization. Although we do not know what the future holds, a deal to make that happen will not be addressed now," Pollack said. Without an extension, Rizzo could become a free agent after the 2021 season. The Cubs have had initial talks with Rizzo's camp, but the two sides are far apart. Rizzo is a three-time All-Star and has averaged 28 home runs, 96 RBI and an .877 OPS in his time with Chicago. Outfielder Kyle Schwarber, who can also become a free agent after 2021, hasn't been approached about an extension either.
As expected, the Chicago Cubs picked up first baseman Anthony Rizzo's $16.5 million option for the 2020 season on Sunday, according to a league source. 2019 was Rizzo's second straight season with under 30 home runs -- he previously had four straight seasons with 30-plus round-trippers -- but he was otherwise consistent for fantasy owners with a .293/.405/.520 slash line, 94 RBI, 89 runs scored and five stolen bases in 146 games. We'd like to see him return to the 30-homer threshold again in 2020, which is entirely possible, but regardless he's a top-end fantasy first baseman in a strong offense.