Cubs News: Jed Hoyer on Anthony Rizzo's extension talks: "I want him here for a long time"
|Wednesday, March 31, 2021, 7:21 PM- -|
Cubs standout first baseman Anthony Rizzo is a fan favorite.
It seems to be a no-brainer that Rizzo would sign a contract extension with the Cubs this offseason, but nothing was worked out on a new deal between the two parties.
Cubs general manager Jed Hoyer talked to the media Wednesday and shared that he is optimistic that an extension will get done.
"I would just say when it comes to Anthony, I don't think I have to express my affection for him,” Hoyer said. “We signed him to a long-term deal when he was struggling. There is not any bigger Anthony Rizzo fan out there. I want him playing first base for the Cubs for a long time. I told him directly I want him here for a long time. I made that clear. I also articulated the Cubs’ position to him. I think he knows where we stand. I certainly hope we are able to work something out. I am very confident (a new deal will get done).”
Rizzo understands that there is still plenty of time to get a deal done.
"My desire to stay here has been worn right on my sleeve, and obviously, it hasn't worked out to this point," Rizzo said recently. "But that's OK because we have a full season to play and a full 'nother offseason a year from now. A lot can happen from now and then."
Rizzo loves being a member of the Cubs.
"As I've said before, I love Chicago,” Rizzo said. “I love the fans. I love Wrigley Field and what being a Chicago Cub is all about. It didn't work out thus far, and that's OK. I'm at peace with it."
Rizzo is a three-time All-Star and has averaged 26 homers and 96 RBIs per season during his major league career.