With the trade deadline roughly 24 hours away, the Boston Red Sox and Chicago Cubs are discussing a trade that could change the landscape of the American League.
According to MLB insider Jon Morosi, the Red Sox and Cubs have discussed a trade centered around first baseman Anthony Rizzo.
Rizzo, a three-time All-Star and four-time Gold Glove Award winner, is on the final year of his contract with the Cubs. He could end up being a rental for the Red Sox or any team that acquires him.
In 92 games this season, Rizzo has a .248 average with 14 home runs and 40 RBI. His best years might be behind him, but he’s still an impactful hitter that could really help Boston down the stretch.
— Jon Morosi (@jonmorosi) July 29, 2021
Rizzo isn’t in the Cubs’ lineup this afternoon against the Cincinnati Reds, which has led to a ton of speculation about his future. Cubs manager David Ross, however, claims Rizzo is simply resting.
“I had this earmarked for Rizz for a while now,” Ross said, via ESPN “First off-day after the All-Star break. That was normal.”
Rizzo isn’t the only notable player on Chicago’s roster who has been mentioned in trade talks. Kris Bryant has also been linked to a handful of teams over the past few weeks.
We’ll see if the Cubs can strike a deal or two before the deadline passes on Friday afternoon.