Rizzo’s Deal The New Norm In Baseball
**This article was written by https://www.fanduel.com**
The Chicago Cubs made a lot of positive headlines last week when they locked up rising star Anthony Rizzo with a seven-year, $41 million deal. At just 23 years old and with less than a year of service time at the MLB level, some old school thinkers might be shaking their heads at this type of deal. However, this is the new norm not only with the Cubs, but with baseball in general.
With teams looking to reduce payroll and be smarter overall with their money, the game of baseball is getting younger. A lot of this is due to the stricter drug testing, which is reducing not only power numbers, but longevity as well. Baseball is back to stressing speed and defense just as much as the long ball.
Rizzo brings it all at this point, but the fact that he is just 23 years old and still somewhat unproven is a concern for people. Considering how much free agents receive on the open market in the prime of their careers though, seven years for just $41 million could end up being a steal.
There is always risk involved with a deal like this, both for the player and the club. Rizzo could explode and become one of the best players in baseball and daily fantasy sports, like Evan Longoria and Troy Tulowitzki. Both players are underpaid at the moment, and they still have quite a bit of time left on their contracts.
Then you look at a guy like Grady Sizemore. The Cleveland Indians locked him up early in his career, and he of course had all the signs of a future star. Injuries got the best of him, and it seems unlikely that he will ever fully get back to his old self.
After being a part of two trades before settling into the majors, Rizzo doesn’t fit the bill of these other stars in farm systems. He is, by all accounts, a hard worker, a great club house guy and obviously someone the Cubs want to have as a face of the franchise to go along with Starlin Castro. This is a deal more and more teams are willing to make with young talent, and now the must Cubs wait and see if this way of spending can help them turn the franchise around.