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Cubs pick up Anthony Rizzo’s option, decline Daniel Descalso’s

4 years agoTony Andracki

The day after declining Jon Lester’s option, the Cubs picked up its team option for Anthony Rizzo and declined Daniel Descalso’s option.

Rizzo will make $16.5 million in 2021, the final year of his current contract. The 31-year-old hit .222 with a .342 on-base percentage and .755 OPS in 2020 while finishing second on the team with 11 homers.

He also stepped up more as a leader in the clubhouse amid a crazy season.

From 2014-19, Rizzo averaged 30 homers, 99 RBI, a .284 average and a .901 OPS over a full season.

The Cubs will owe Descalso $1 million as part of his buyout.

The veteran did not play at all in 2020 after suffering an ankle injury at the end of summer camp. He hit .173 with a .521 OPS in 82 games with the team in 2019.

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