The first move of the 2022-23 off-season has been made by the New York Yankees, and they bring back a very important piece: first baseman Anthony Rizzo.
Rizzo signed a two-year, $34 million contract with a club option for 2025. He will make $17 million annually with a $6 million buyout. He is guaranteed to make $40 million; and should the Yankees activate that third year of the deal, Rizzo could make upwards of $51 million.
Since being acquired from the Chicago Cubs before the trade deadline in 2021, Rizzo has become a fan favorite in the Bronx thanks to his powerful left-handed swing, and his leadership in the dugout. He also became a big time buddy of Aaron Judge, who is still a free agent.
Last season, Rizzo hit .224 with 32 home runs and 75 RBI. According to ESPN, he has accounted for 40 percent of the Yankees home runs.