Re: Anthony Rizzo Signs 7 Year, $41 Million Deal
Baseball Ref and Cots both have his service time at 0.168 going into this year. That can't be right can it?
But anyway, he would have been arb-eligble in 2015 (Super 2).
So...trying to guess the savings (these are my guesses on what his salary would be if he is a solid 1B bat.)
2013 .5 MM
2014 .5 MM
2015 3 MM
2016 5 MM
2017 8 MM
2018 11 MM
2019 15 MM
Which totals 43 MM. So all in all, the extension really doesn't save that much...but it does give cost certainty. If I'm a Cubs fan, I like this deal. I like these type of deals for teams, so I'm biased, I will freely admit.
That doesn't change my above opinion a few posts back that you can easily find a plug in option for 1B cheaply on a consistent basis.
And if he does tank, this contract is just money lost in the couch cushions for the Cubs, which is important to note when evaluating this deal.