NEW YORK — The Yankees will reportedly have their starting first baseman back for at least the next two seasons.
According to The athleticAnthony Rizzo has agreed to a three-year contract that will pay him a total of $34 million in 2023 and 2024. He will earn $17 million in 2025 if New York does not exercise his $6 million team buyout.
Rizzo, 33, had initially canceled his $16 million contract for next season to become a free agent.
A three-time All-Star, Rizzo hit just .224 last season, his first full hit with the Yankees after coming over in a deal with the Chicago Cubs the previous year, but he finished with 32 home runs and 75 RBIs.
The four-time Gold Glove winner was reportedly at the top of the World Series champion Houston Astros’ off-season wish list, but will now remain a vital part of the Yankees’ lineup.
Rizzo was considered an important piece to keep. The Yankees are still trying to recapture slugger Aaron Judge, who set an American League record 62 home runs in 2022.