The Yankees have their first baseman from last year.
According to multiple reports, antonio rizzo he signed a two-year contract worth $32 million. The agreement will include an opt-out option after the first year. The signing comes after weeks of speculation about what the Bronx Bombers were going to do at first base.
Many believed that the Yankees were in the Athletics matt olson, but Oakland would trade him to the Atlanta Braves for four prospects. The Yankees were believed to be unwilling to part with many of their top prospects like antonio volpe.
With Olson off the table, the Yankees were in the market for former Braves first baseman, freddie freeman. However, it seems that GM brian cashman and the rest of the organization have agreed that bringing Rizzo back was for the best.
The Yankees obtained Rizzo, in the final year of his contract, from the Cubs in July 2021 for the minor league right-hander. Alexander Vizcaino and gardener Kevin Alcantara.
In 49 games for the Yankees, Rizzo hit eight home runs and drove in 21 RBIs while hitting .249 and bringing Gold Glove-caliber defense in the corner. in tandem with joey roosterwhom the Yankees also received in a trade around the same time, Rizzo gave the team much-needed power from the left side.
Rizzo is entering his 32-year-old season and will be 34 at the end of this new contract, if the option is taken.
The Yankees hope Rizzo continues to bring the defensive and offensive skills that made him a three-time All Star this season and beyond.