Story by 89 WLS Web Writer Kim Rasmussen
(CHICAGO) The Cubs and Anthony Rizzo have agreed to a seven-year, $41 million contract extension.
The contract could lock up the 23-year-old first baseman through 2021. The deal includes two club options that could make it worth $73 million over nine years.
Ken Rosental of Fox Sports first reported the agreement Sunday night.
The contract guarantees $41 million with two club options worth $14.5 each, plus $2 million buyouts. There are small escalators totalling $3 million based on finishes in MVP voting. The contract doesn't include no-trade protection.
Rizzo came into Sunday hitting .288 with nine home runs and 28 RBIs, tied for third in the National League. He is tied with Arizona Diamondbacks' Paul Goldschmidt for most home runs among National League first basemen.
The Cubs acquired Rizzo before the 2012 season from the San Diego Padres in a trade for Andrew Cashner. In 2011, Rizzo split time between the San Diego Padres and Triple-A Tuscon. Last season, he played 87 games with the Cubs, splitting time with Triple-A Iowa.
The signing adds to the new Cubs core, which includes shortstop Starlin Casto, who is signed through 2019. Minor leaguers Jorge Soler and Gerardo Concepcion are under contract past 2014. The team also signed right-hander Edwin Jackson to a four-year contract as a free agent this offseason.
Other players suspected to be in line for contracts are right-hander Jeff Samardzija, right-hander Matt Garza, second baseman Darwin Barney and catcher Wellington Castillo.
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