Just a few days ago, the Chicago Cubs shipped outfielder Joc Pederson to the Atlanta Braves after a brutal season-ending injury to Ronald Acuna Jr.
The trade is the first of what could be many moves the Cubs make over the next two weeks. Kris Bryant, Javier Baez and Anthony Rizzo have all been named as potential trade pieces.
Former MLB general manager Steve Phillips has a few trade ideas in mind for the Cubs regarding Rizzo. He thinks the Brewers and Red Sox should be on the hunt for the star first baseman.
“… Rizzo could be a real difference-maker for a lot of teams because his impact is: not only his production with the bat, it’s his production with the glove and his experience and leadership of hitting in big moments and (he’s) a guy who stays calm in those big at bats,” Phillips said on MLB Network Radio on Sirius XM. “Rizzo to the Red Sox and Rizzo to the (Milwaukee) Brewers sure feel like potential good fits.”
What teams could be looking to upgrade at first base?
— MLB Network Radio on SiriusXM (@MLBNetworkRadio) July 20, 2021
Rizzo is batting .249 with 11 home runs and 34 RBIs in 2021. He will become a free agent following the close of the 2021 season.
That likely means a team trading for him wouldn’t have to pay too high of a price.
Will a team trade for Rizzo?