Today is the trade deadline so I thought it would be appropriate to discuss one of the more surprising trades that has happened. The Scherzer/Turner to LA is a topic for another day, but I really want to discuss Anthony Rizzo, long time face of the Cubs and the player who owns the ball which ended the 100+ year World Series drought has been traded to the New York Yankees. This came just one day after Joey Gallo was traded to the Yankees. Rizzo has the face and personality to win over New York Yankees fans immediately, but I am sad to see him leave Chicago. I know he was drafted by the Red Sox and played briefly as a rookie for the Padres, but I will always associate Rizzo with the Cubs and their complete rebuild which ultimately lead to a championship. Rizzo was the Cubs, through and through.
I've shown off some of my Cutch and Rizzo cards in the past including the one in today's post.
One of my favorite booklet cards I own is a quad patch card of Nolan Arenado, Anthony Rizzo, Andrew McCutchen, and Giancarlo Stanton.
3xTop5 NL MVP
6x All Star
4x Silver Slugger
8x Gold Glove
43.1 WAR (career)
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1x World Series Champion (2016)
2x Top 5MVP
3x All Star
1x Silver Slugger
3x Gold Glove
36.6 WAR (career)
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2013 NL MVP (4xTop5 MVP)
46.1 WAR (career)
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2017 NL MVP (2x Top 5)
4x All Star
2x Silver Slugger
42.1 WAR (career)
All players on this card have been traded since they signed their contract extensions.
3 of these players have been traded to the Yankees (McCutchen, Rizzo, Stanton).
All four players signed contract extensions for 6-10+ years with the teams depicted on this massive booklet.
Many fans of these franchises were hoping these players would all finish their careers with the Rockies, Cubs, Pirates, and Marlins respectively.
It seems that 1 team franchise players will long be a thing of the past. The days of Cal Ripken Jr, Derek Jeter, Chipper Jones, and Todd Helton type players appear to be gone. I love the extensions given to Tatis and Acuna, but feel they will one day be traded as well.
What active player do you think has a chance at staying with one franchise for his entire career? Can you see Clayton Kershaw or Jacob Degrom pitching for another team? Will Freddie Freeman test free agency next year and sign with another team?