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Anthony Rizzo is keeping an open mind on extension talks with Cubs

Anthony Rizzo is keeping an open mind on extension talks with Cubs

Anthony Rizzo wants to remain a Cub for the entirety of his big-league career. However, he knows there’s a business side to baseball that complicates matters, too.

At a Cubs charity event on Thursday, Rizzo expressed his love for the organization, though he added he’d be naïve to think it’s not possible he ends his playing career wearing another big-league uniform.

“I think it would be kind of naïve [of] me not to,” Rizzo told reporters. “It’s something I stated before, about wanting to be here. Obviously, that’s not in the plans right now, [but] that doesn’t mean it’s not gonna be.

“We’ve had some talks and what not. Obviously, nothing came to fruition. This is like home to me, and my wife and my family. But this is a business, this is as cut-throat as ever now.”

Rizzo’s agent, Marc Pollack, caused quite the stir at the Winter Meetings last month. In an interview with ESPN’s Jesse Rogers, Pollack said the Cubs aren't negotiating an extension with the first baseman, drawing a response from general manager Jed Hoyer.

"We've always kept those conversations in-house," Hoyer said on SportsTalk Live on Dec. 11. "We've had conversations with lots of our guys over a five-year period and it’s always best to keep it quiet. I think in this case, Rizzo's agent decided to talk about it. We did have some conceptual talks about what an extension would look like and I think that, candidly, we were pretty far apart in terms of length and so he decided to come out and say that.

"But we love Rizz. I hope he's a Cub forever. There's nothing that's been done that's going to stop future conversations, but we did have some conceptual conversations that obviously wasn't a match at this time. But this is a moment in time. It doesn't mean there's not going to be a match at some point in the future."

Rizzo’s contract includes a club option for 2021, the last year of his deal. But as he and Hoyer both have said, just because a deal hasn’t happened yet doesn’t mean it won’t eventually. The 30-year-old is the face of the franchise, a leader on the field and in the clubhouse.

There’s always a chance the two sides can’t come to terms on a new deal. Just because nothing has happened yet doesn't mean something won't eventually.

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Baseball Prospectus takes shot at Addison Russell in their latest annual

Baseball Prospectus takes shot at Addison Russell in their latest annual

Addison Russell is no longer with the Cubs and he hasn’t yet found a new home in baseball, but he hasn’t escaped being on the receiving end of some tough shots.

Baseball Prospectus, which produces a book each year with team and player capsules, breakdowns and projections, took such a shot. Their blurb for Russell is short and direct.


“The 24-hour national domestic violence hotline number is 800-799-7233.”

Russell was infamously suspended for domestic abuse late in 2018. He returned to the Cubs in 2019, but was not tendered a contract after the season, making him a free agent.

Russell hasn’t found a new landing place with spring training already underway. With this still hanging over his head, it’s no secret as to why.

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Cubs Talk Podcast: What will David Ross' impact on the Cubs be like in 2020?

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Cubs Talk Podcast: What will David Ross' impact on the Cubs be like in 2020?

As new manager David Ross takes over for Joe Maddon, he intends to tweak the culture of the Cubs and set his own mark on the team. Jeff Nelson is joined by Outside the Ivy and Bleacher Nation's Michael Cerami to discuss what kind of impact David Ross will have on the 2020 Cubs, what should be expected from the pitching staff and bullpen, and the uncertainty of who plays in the outfield.

(1:36) - What does Ross' impact look like?

(8:28) - Concerns with the pitching staff

(16:00) - Will Craig Kimbrel be better this year?

(20:00) - Will Kris Bryant have enough rope to get used to leading off?

(25:05) - Who do you trust to play the outfield every day?

Listen here or in the embedded player below.

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