MLB: contract negotiations are neutral between Anthony Rizzo and the Cubs

First baseman Anthony Rizzo won’t be signing a contract extension with the Chicago Cubs until the season opener … or at least, he is anticipating.

The Cubs veteran, a three-time MLB All-Star Game, told a group of reporters on Monday that negotiations with the Cubs have been quiet for now.

The 31-year-old Rizzo will see his contract expire at the end of 2021. Starting Thursday, he is the last season of a seven-year pact worth $ 41 million signed in 2015.

Rizzo will be in his 10th season in Chicago, joining the Cubs in 2012 in a trade with the San Diego Padres.

With the Cubs, the left-hander has produced 100 or more runs on four occasions, in addition to hitting 30 or more home runs the same number of times. He was a key member of the conquest of the 2016 World Series, the Cubs’ first in 108 years.

In the cropped 2020 season, Rizzo hit for .222 with 11 long balls and 24 RBIs in 58 games.

The Cubs begin their regular season Thursday at Wrigley Field, hosting the Pittsburgh Pirates.

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