Chicago Cubs: 3 landing spots for Anthony Rizzo

Jun 21, 2021; Chicago, Illinois, USA; Chicago Cubs first baseman Anthony Rizzo (44) bats against the Cleveland Indians during the second inning at Wrigley Field. Mandatory Credit: Kamil Krzaczynski-USA TODAY Sports
Jun 21, 2021; Chicago, Illinois, USA; Chicago Cubs first baseman Anthony Rizzo (44) bats against the Cleveland Indians during the second inning at Wrigley Field. Mandatory Credit: Kamil Krzaczynski-USA TODAY Sports /
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Mandatory Credit: Matt Marton-USA TODAY Sports
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Chicago Cubs

It seemed unlikely that Anthony Rizzo would be an option for the Chicago Cubs after he was traded away. However, as time goes on, the situation has changed.

First base would not seem to be an issue for the Cubs. Frank Schwindel performed well once he took over the position after Rizzo was traded and deserves more of a look. As the Cubs also have plenty of holes on their roster, having someone making close to the league minimum that can provide a competent bat at first would be a bonus.

There is a path to both Schwindel and Rizzo getting playing time for the Cubs. The universal designated hitter is expected to be a part of the new CBA, which would let Chicago keep both bats in the lineup. This would also potentially allow the Cubs to let Rizzo focus on his hitting and rest a bit more often.

There is another reason for the Cubs to bring Rizzo back. They have stated that their intention is to reload, not rebuild. Their actions thus far in the offseason have mirrored that claim as they have worked to upgrade the rotation. Bringing Rizzo back would show that same commitment to the lineup.

The Chicago Cubs traded Anthony Rizzo away when they fell out of contention last year. He may be an option as they look to return to the postseason.