MLB notebook: Cubs: Rizzo 'a very big part of our future'
The Cubs have viewed Anthony Rizzo as a part of their future since they acquired him. Now he's locked in.
The slugging first baseman and the Cubs agreed to a $41 million, seven-year contract that could be worth up to $68 million over nine seasons.
“We believe in Anthony,” general manager Jed Hoyer said. “We think he's going to be a very big part of our future here in Chicago, and we're excited to get a deal done.”
The 23-year-old is hitting .280 with a .352 on-base percentage. He also has nine home runs and 28 RBI in his third major league season.
Rizzo realized that he was taking “maybe a little bit of a discount now,” but he said “it's security for now, and it's a huge weight off my shoulder, my family's shoulders, my kids' shoulders, my grandkids' shoulders.”
Rizzo gets a $2 million signing bonus, of which $250,000 is payable within 30 days of the contract's approval by Major League Baseball and $1.75 million is payable next Jan. 15.
Ankiel signs with Mets
The Mets signed Rick Ankiel and started him in center field Monday against the Cardinals, the team that converted him from wild left-handed pitcher to an outfielder.
The 33-year-old said he had been in contact with the Mets the past two days while at home in Fort Pierce, Fla., and admitted he wasn't sure he would get another shot in the majors.
Ankiel hit .194 with five homers and 11 RBI for Houston, which had signed him to a $750,000, one-year deal. He was designated for assignment by the Astros last week and cleared waivers Sunday.
Astros president Postolos resigns
Astros president and CEO George Postolos resigned Monday despite what he insists are better days ahead for the struggling team.
“I know it's going to be successful,” he said. “That's tough to step away from that.”
Postolos is returning to sports consulting work in the midst of what looks as though it could be the team's third consecutive season of at least 100 losses. Postolos worked for seven years with Houston businessman Jim Crane to buy a sports franchise, and it wound up being the Astros. He had been Astros president and CEO since November 2011.
Around the field
Dodgers starter Zack Greinke, who's recovering from a broken clavicle, will pitch Wednesday. Whether he does it against the Nationals or the San Jose Giants in Rancho Cucamonga, where the Dodgers' Single-A team plays, remains to be seen. ... Shane Victorino was cleared to play for the Red Sox after crashing into the right-field wall Sunday after tests on his ribs were negative. ... Tigers center fielder Austin Jackson was put on the 15-day disabled list because of a pulled right hamstring. ... The Indians optioned struggling starting third baseman Lonnie Chisenhall to Triple-A Columbus. He's batting .213 with three home runs and 11 RBI.