Anthony Rizzo staying with Yankees on $40 million contract

No deal yet for Aaron Judge, but the Yankees have struck a deal to keep another one of their big free agents.

The Yankees and Anthony Rizzo have agreed on a two-year contract worth $34 million, The Post’s Jon Heyman and Joel Sherman confirmed. The Athletic first reported the news. The deal includes a third-year club option and a $6 million buyout, giving Rizzo a total of $40 million guaranteed.

Rizzo, 33, had opted out of a deal that would have paid him $16 million in 2023 to become a free agent. The Yankees then gave him a one-year, $19.65 million qualifying offer.

The three-time All-Star hit .224 with an .817 OPS, 32 home runs and 75 RBIs during the 2022 regular season, his first full year with the Yankees. He had a strong postseason, hitting .276 with two home runs, eight RBIs and a .984 OPS.

Anthony Rizzo at bat during Game 1 of the ALDS in October 2022.
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Yankees first baseman Anthony Rizzo (48) reacts after the final out of the game against the Cleveland Guardians during the ninth inning in game five of the ALDS on Oct. 18, 2022.
Yankees first baseman Anthony Rizzo (48) reacts after the final out of the game against the Cleveland Guardians during the ninth inning in game five of the ALDS on Oct. 18, 2022.
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The four-time Gold Glove winner, who was part of the 2016 curse-breaking Cubs World Series team, was acquired by the Yankees at the 2021 trade deadline from Chicago.

The Astros were reportedly among the teams interested in signing Rizzo, if he decided to leave The Bronx. Instead, he will try to help the Yankees finally vanquish Houston after a sweep in the ALCS.

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