Cubs Sign Anthony Rizzo

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As they did with Starlin Castro a year ago, the Cubs have moved quickly to lock up first baseman Anthony Rizzo to a long-term contract, giving them a chance to build a team around him into the next decade. The deal is reportedly a seven-year deal with $41 million with two club options for $14.5 million that could bring the total to $73 million. Some may criticize Cubs President Theo Epstein for committing to Rizzo, but this is a smart move. Rizzo is an excellent defender at first base and his offensive production continues to improve and he does not turn 24 years old until August. Like the Castro deal, Rizzo's deal is team friendly while leaving resources for the Cubs to jump into the free agent market when the Cubs are closer to contending.  

 MLB NEWS & NOTES

  • Chris Sale was nearly perfect on Sunday night. Sale went 6 1/3 innings with a perfect game in tact, but settled for a one-hit shutout against the Angels. Mike Trout broke up the bid for perfection with a clean single in the 7th inning.
  • Mariano Rivera is retiring at the end of this season, but he does not look like a pitcher that is anywhere close to needing to retire. Rivera earned his 15th save of the season as the Yankees defeated the Royals on Sunday in Kansas City. Rivera has a 1.65 ERA in 16 1/3 innings this year.
  • Troy Tulowitzki belted his eighth home run of the season in the Rockies victory over the Cardinals on Sunday in St. Louis.
  • Erick Aybar (ankle) hopes to be back in the Angels lineup today. Aybar fielded ground balls and took batting practice on Sunday in Chicago.
  • Jason Grilli has been the best closer in baseball this year. On Sunday, he earned his 15th save of the season as the Pirates defeated the Mets.
  • Chris Davis hit his 11th home run in the Orioles defeat of the Twins on Sunday. Davis has continued to hit in May and now owns a .313  batting average in 37 games.
  • Michael Cuddyer (neck) was placed on the 15-day disabled list with an inflamed cervical disc. The Rockies gave Cuddyer a few days to determine if he was feeling any better, but that was not happening so the decision was made to put him on the disabled list.
  • Ryan Madson (elbow) will be activated from the disabled list this week. While its great news for the Angels to get another arm in the bullpen, don't look for Madson to take the closer role from Ernesto Frieri anytime soon.
  • Tommy Hanson has been scratched from his next scheduled start on Wednesday against the Angels. Hanson, who lost his step-brother on Friday, understandably needs more time to deal with the aftermath.
  • Chris Capuano surprisingly allowed just one-run in 6 1/3 innings and struck out seven as the Dodgers won. Oh wait, Capuano beat the Marlins.....