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Anthony Rizzo Returns to Yankees on Two-Year Deal

Former Chicago Cubs first baseman Anthony Rizzo is signing a two-year deal to remain with the New York Yankees after being traded.
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Oct 2, 2021; Bronx, New York, USA; New York Yankees first baseman Anthony Rizzo (48) hits a solo home run in the first inning against the Tampa Bay Rays at Yankee Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Wendell Cruz-USA TODAY Sports

Tuesday night marks a sad night for many Chicago Cubs fans. Many fans had hope that Anthony Rizzo would return after being traded at last season's trade deadline. However, those hopes are now crushed after Rizzo agreed to a two-year deal to remain with the New York Yankees.

Last season, Rizzo was traded to the Yankees at the trade deadline for prospects Alexander Vizcaino and Kevin Alcantara. In 2021, the Cubs were considered buyers entering the heart of the summer. However, a brutal losing streak brought those hopes to an end as the 2016 championship core was traded away piece by piece. Rizzo was the first major domino to fall when he was sent to the Bronx. Later, Kris Bryant, Javier Baez, and many others shared the same fate.

Entering this offseason, the Cubs were in need of, and still need of, a power left-handed hitter. There was talks that Rizzo could potentially fill some of that void in the lineup, but his latest two-year, $32 million deal with New York nullifies that. Now, attention might return to Kyle Schwarber as the answer for the Cubs. There is no guarantee that the former Cubs first round pick will return to the Northside either, but he is a name that fans can cling to in this weird offseason.

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Many former Cubs including Schwarber, Nicholas Castellanos, and Kris Bryant remain on the market. Chicago need to do something, and reports suggest the team is in on numerous outfielders who are still available. The Cubs suggested they want to remain competitive this season while building for the future. In order for that to happen, at least one significant move is required if that statement was true intention from Jed Hoyer and company.