The Chicago Cubs traded first baseman Anthony Rizzo to the New York Yankees.
Anthony Rizzo is now a member of the New York Yankees.
The Chicago Cubs traded their former All-Star first baseman to the Yankees on the eve of the MLB trade deadline.
Cubs manager David Ross held Rizzo and Kris Bryant out of Thursday’s lineup as trade rumors swirled that a deal was imminent for the two cornerstones of the franchise.
Jack Curry was the first to report of the deal between the Cubs and Yankees for Rizzo.
Anthony Rizzo joins Joey Gallo as Yankees make splash at MLB trade deadline
Rizzo is the second blockbuster trade the Yankees have made in as many days. This follows the acquisition of Rangers outfielder Joey Gallo on Wednesday. With two big additions to the lineup, the Yankees have shored up their lineup and provided protection in case of injury or their current sluggers experience a prolonged slump.
The addition of Rizzo could also signal Luke Voit is moved before the deadline if the price is right.
The Yankees still need to add some bullpen help and have been rumored to be interested in Colorado Rockies shortstop Trevor Story, so the Yankees aren’t done making moves yet.
It’s been a disappointing first four months of the season for Aaron Boone’s club that has had injuries, disappointing years from stars and questions Boone’s job security. The trade for Rizzo and Gallo makes it clear the Yankees are hell-bent on making the postseason at any cost.
The Yankees are nine games back of the Boston Red Sox for first place in the AL East and three games back of a Wild Card spot.