The Chicago Cubs are sellers at the MLB trade deadline and Anthony Rizzo is one of the hottest candidates on the market. Just a few years removed from playing a crucial role in a historic World Series title, the All-Star free agent could be moved before July 30.
Compared to his All-Star seasons, Rizzo is in the midst of a down year at the plate. After posting a .901 OPS from 2014-’19, Chicago’s left-handed first baseman isn’t performing at his usual standard. But for many playoff contenders, he would still be an upgrade.
Rizzo is an intimidating hitter from the left side and a vacuum at the corner infield position. A difference-maker in the middle of the order and patrolling the infield, let’s examine the 3 best fits for Rizzo.
Boston Red Sox pull off a blockbuster trade
The Boston Red Sox are certainly buyers approaching the trade deadline. As stacked as their offensive attack is, they could still use an upgrade at first base and Rizzo fits perfectly.
Boston’s elite offense would become further weaponized by Rizzo’s theoretical arrival. He gives manager Alex Cora another lethal hitter. Rizzo being such a threat from the left side helps balance out their offense a bit more. There’s also the component of him scooping throws from Rafael Devers and Xander Bogaerts on the left side of the infield.
Bobby Dalbec has struggled to get on base while versatile infielder Michael Chavis has been unable to sustain success at the plate in the big leagues. Rizzo is a better option at the plateand in the field for the Red Sox.
What could ultimately prevent the Red Sox from acquiring Rizzo is their desire to trust the lineup that got them to this point and to avoid dipping into a thin farm system. They will also likely be on the hunt for pitching upgrades, as they’ve gotten by with a suspect starting rotation this season.