MLB Rumors: Yankees Slugger To Exercise Opt-Out Clause

He's coming off a pretty good season.

The New York Yankees signed first baseman Anthony Rizzo last year to a two-year, $32 million contract, which contained salaries of $16 million per year and allowed him to decline a 2023 player option and return to free agency if he wanted to.

Well, it looks like Anthony Rizzo wants to, as he is reportedly planning to exercise his opt-out clause.

Rizzo only slashed .224/.338/.480 this season, but tacked on 32 home runs and 75 RBIs over 130 games. He added plenty of extra-base hits, six stolen bases, and even had an above-average walk rate with 10.6%.
Rizzo clearly thinks he can secure himself a raise this offseason, even if it's just from a qualifying offer from the Yankees which would be at $19.65 million, a good amount above the $16 million he's scheduled to earn in 2023. If the Yankees don't extend the qualifying offer, then the slugger shouldn't have a problem finding a multi-year deal in free agency.

However, according to The Athletic's Jim Bowden, Rizzo has interest in returning to the Yankees on a long-term deal. The only question is if the Yankees are also interested in bringing the veteran back in a long-term extension. 

If the Yankees can't come to terms with Rizzo this offseason, there are other options available to them via free agency, such as Josh Bell and Trey Mancini. 
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