No one had a more hectic trade deadline than Chicago Cubs president Jed Hoyer. By Friday afternoon, he had shipped out first baseman Anthony Rizzo (New York Yankees), third baseman Kris Bryant (San Francisco Giants), shortstop Javier Baez (New York Mets) and closer Craig Kimbrel (Chicago White Sox).
Rizzo, Bryant and Baez were core players who helped the Cubs win the 2016 World Series. But all three are slated to be free agents after this season, and Hoyer didn’t want to see them walk without getting anything more than draft pick compensation. Hence, the fire sale.
According to ESPN, Hoyer said he made fair contract extension offers to all three players before sending them packing.
“That will probably be my greatest source of frustration from this era,” Hoyer said on ESPN 1000 radio in Chicago Monday morning. “I put my head on the pillow every night knowing we put our best foot forward. The extensions we offered these guys will hold up exceptionally well … against the open market. I don’t know why guys didn’t want to sign. I don’t know why guys didn’t want to even counteroffer, often times.”
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Rizzo was asked about Hoyer’s comments Tuesday on “The Kap and J. Hood Show” on WMVP-AM 1000. Per Yahoo Sports:
“I’m kind of confused on why,” Rizzo said. “Why say that? Sounds like a bad breakup and the person saying they’re fine when they’re not fine. … I think it can speak for itself that there is a common denominator that no one signed. Whoever wants to dig into that can. I just think that we had such great memories there, (for Hoyer) to come out and say that, it doesn’t really make sense. But it is what it is.”
Here were the terms of Rizzo’s trade to the Yankees:
The New York Yankees announced that they have acquired INF Anthony Rizzo and cash considerations from the Chicago Cubs in exchange for minor league right-handed pitcher Alexander Vizcaíno and outfielder Kevin Alcántara.
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