Rumored to be the Houston Astros’ top free agent target at first base this offseason, Anthony Rizzo has reportedly agreed to a multi-year deal that will bring him back to the New York Yankees.
Signing Anthony Rizzo gives Yankees a free agency win over the rival Astros
Less than a month after seeing their team swept out of the American League postseason by the eventual World Champion Astros, Yankees fans can at least bask in the glory of a triumph in the free agent market with the report of a two-year deal for Rizzo.
The move solves a roster question in the Bronx with the 33-year-old Rizzo returning to the team where he hit 32 homers and drove in 75 runs last season. In Houston, it continues the question about who will play first base for the team after Yuli Gurriel and Trey Mancini both had their contracts expire at the end of the season.
The signing is a win-win for the Yankees, making sure one of the biggest of the Bronx Bombers (Rizzo’s 32 homers was second on the team to Aaron Judge’s American League-record 62 homers) stays in New York while keeping Houston from achieving one of its reported goals this offseason. However, Houston certainly has other options at first base, including signing Gurriel to a one-year deal or targeting Josh Bell in free agency as we predicted would happen as one of our seven bold predictions for the offseason.
After the postseason sweep and going 2-5 in seven regular-season games in 2022 against Houston, New York fans hope that Rizzo’s return will be a sign of things to come in their ever-growing rivalry with the Astros.