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Cubs pick up Anthony Rizzo’s $16.5 million option for 2020

CHICAGO — One day after picking up the 2020 option on pitcher Jose Quintana, the Chicago Cubs did the same with former All-Star first baseman Anthony Rizzo.

Rizzo will make $16.5 million next season, the first of two option years the Cubs hold on him.

The Cubs also declined options on right-handers Brandon Morrow, Tony Barnette and Kendall Graveman, a sourced confirmed to ESPN’s Jesse Rogers. Morrow’s option was for $12 million, and he will receive a $3 million buyout. Barnett and Graveman both had options for $3 million. The Associated Press earlier reported news on the declined options.

A source told ESPN on Monday that the Cubs have also declined the option on reliever David Phelps, who would have been paid $5 million based on making more than 40 appearances in 2019.

Rizzo, a three-time N.L. All-Star who won his third Gold Glove on Sunday, has batted .277 (1,186-for-4,286) with 254 doubles, 17 triples, 217 homers and 720 RBI in 1,158 games since joining the Cubs.

In 2019, Rizzo posted career-highs in batting average (.293/150-for-512) and on-base percentage (.405). His .405 OBP ranked fourth-best in the National League.

In 2018, Rizzo became the frst left-handed batter in franchise history to record four 100-RBI campaigns as he batted .283 (160-for-566) with 29 doubles, 25 homers and 101 RBI in 153 games. He became the frst Cub with at least 100 RBI in four-straight seasons since Sammy Sosa (nine-straight from 1995-2003).

Information from ESPN was used in this report.

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