Yankees acquire Anthony Rizzo from Cubs

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Anthony Rizzo
Anthony Rizzo

The Yankees are continuing to buy.

The Yankees acquired first baseman Anthony Rizzo from the Chicago Cubs on Thursday.

Rizzo walked around Wrigley Field for the last time as a Cub, soaking in the ivy in the outfield and spoke to reporters about the move.

"Obviously very emotional, still a rollercoaster [of emotions]," Rizzo told MLB.com's Jordan Bastian.

“Some good memories here. My whole life I grew up here, but all good things come to an end. It’s going to be a tough second half here, which a lot of us here aren’t used to in a long time. To be able to go to another historic franchise like the Yankees is unbelievable. Getting the calls and the texts, how excited they are, how I am.

Rizzo is the second lefty bat to come to the Bronx in the last 24 hours, after the Yankees acquired Joey Gallo from the Texas Rangers, a move that was made official Thursday morning.

New York is also an area that Rizzo's family will be happy he's in.

"My family’s all from New Jersey, New York. [His wife] Emily’s family is from Connecticut. So it’s going to be another special opportunities for me these next three months and just going to enjoy all of it," he said.

Rizzo has 14 homers and 40 RBI on the year with a .248/.346/.446 slash line - the 31-year-old owns a career .853 OPS and has won a Gold Glove Award in each of the last three years, and four of the last five.

Rizzo received MVP votes in each year from 2014-18, even finished in fourth in 2015 and 2016. He was an All-Star in 2014, '15, and '16.

He is currently in the final year of a seven-year deal that included two opt-outs, so Rizzo is scheduled to be a free agent upon season's end. The Cubs will pick up all of Rizzo's remaining $5.8 million, according to YES Network's Jack Curry. This means more is coming in the Bronx.

But it is likely that the Yanks are out on Trevor Story, as DJ LeMahieu is solidified as the second baseman for the year, with nowhere to move Gleyber Torres. Luke Voit's name has floated around, however.

The Yankees sent RHP Alexander Vizcaino and OF Kevin Alcanatara - their ninth and 12th-ranked prospects respectively, according to MLB Pipeline - to Chicago.

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