On Saturday, the topic of Anthony Rizzo came up during ‘Inside The Clubhouse’ on 670 The Score after BleacherNation wrote about the possibility of a Rizzo/Chicago Cubs reunion. It led to Cubs reporter Bruce Levine revealing that the Cubs have had ‘internal discussions’ about offering Rizzo a contract once the lockout comes to an end.
Rizzo, who played 10 years with the Cubs, makes sense for the North Siders. That said, the reasoning isn’t only for his impact on the organization, but for what the roster lacks right now. The Cubs severely need a left-handed power bat who has a background of being serviceable defensively.
Admittedly, I’ve taken Bruce Levine’s reports with more than a grain of salt in the past and they’ve turned out to be completely false. I’m not saying he’s a bad source who has no credibility, but I suppose I would take this more seriously if a national reporter such as Ken Rosenthal or Jeff Passan had mentioned this on The Score.
Just because the Cubs have had discussions about a reunion with Rizzo does not mean the first baseman is interested in coming back to Chicago. Remember, players and teams cannot speak right now due to the lockout.
There could easily still be some bad blood, especially after Jed Hoyer’s comments on Chicago radio.
Nonetheless, time will tell, and with the lockout still in effect, who knows if we will even have a season at this point. A Rizzo signing would once again show that the Cubs plan on competing next season. He brings experience on the field and obviously is beloved off the field. Pairing him with Frank Schwindel at first base provides much-needed depth to the roster as well.
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