It was the second major blow in 24 hours for the Yankees, who added outfielder Joey Gallo and left-hander Joely Rodríguez in a six-man trade with the Texas Rangers on Wednesday. The Rangers kept all of their remaining salaries in exchange for four prospects.
The Yankees have taken the fancy dance of adding top-notch talent without going over the $ 210 million luxury tax line. According to Cot’s Contracts, New York came in today with roughly $ 2 million to spare.
Rizzo gives the Yankees another left-handed midrange bat. He is considering serving as a first baseman during Luke Voit’s absence, and rumors have prompted the Yankees to want to part ways with Voit in order to facilitate further exchanges. Rizzo’s presence would seem to make this outcome much more likely.
The Yankees could use the help. A resounding loss to the Tampa Bay Rays on Thursday dropped them to 53-48 this season. They were already behind the second wild card spot by 2 1/2 games going into the day.
Rizzo has enjoyed a busy career with the Cubs, performing three All-Star Games while winning four Gold Glove Awards and a Silver Slugger. In parts of 10 seasons in Chicago, he recorded a .272 / .372 / .489 (130 OPS +) slash line with 242 home runs. He was also instrumental in the Cubs’ 2016 World Series victory over drought.