The New York Yankees acquired All-Star first baseman Anthony Rizzo from the Chicago Cubs in exchange for RHP Alexander Vizcaino and outfielder Kevin Alcantara. This is a huge deal for the Yanks' as they were lacking a first baseman all season with Luke Voit struggling with injuries all season.
Rizzo is batting .248 with 14 home runs and 40 RBIs in 92 games this season. He is a 3-time All-Star who will turn 32 on August 8th and can become a free agent after the season. He has spent the past 10 seasons with Chicago, where he won a World Series in 2016 helping the Cubs break a 108-year championship drought. Rizzo admitted he was sad to leave Chicago, but is very excited to join an explosive lineup to help the Yankees chase a playoff spot. Rizzo also has family from Jersey and New York, so he will be right at home where he belongs.
With Rizzo added to bolster the offense and also added Joey Gallo earlier in the day on Thursday, the Yankees have now added two lefty hitters to their lineup, which they have lacked all season. They also have two goombahs in the Bronx something that has been missing in the Yankee lineup for quite some time. With the short right-field wall at Yankee Stadium, this should be a favorable ballpark for the two Italian sluggers.