MLB free agency is set to begin on Thursday night after teams decide what to do with players who have club options or whether or not to extend a qualifying offer to potential departing free agents.
Players who can either opt in or out of their contracts for 2023 are another matter, and one big-name slugger has exercised his player option and will enter the free agent market.
After the lockout, Anthony Rizzo returned to the New York Yankees on a two-year, $32 million deal that included an opt-out clause after year one, which Rizzo has exercised.
Rizzo would have earned $16 million in 2023 had he opted in, which means that he could potentially be looking to cash in on a bigger deal.
#Yankees 1B Anthony Rizzo, as expected, officially opts out of his contract that would have paid him $16 million in 2023.
— Bob Nightengale (@BNightengale) November 8, 2022
Where Will Rizzo End Up?
Where Rizzo will end up is up to interpretation at this point.
There are several teams that could use some first base help.
It’s possible that he could still return to the Yankees on a larger deal.
Perhaps Rizzo fits the mold.
But at the very least, it looks like he will be looking for a larger deal in 2023.
Rizzo hit just .224 during the regular season, but did hit 32 home runs in his first full season in the Bronx.
He also drove in 75 runs during the regular season.
In the postseason, Rizzo hit .276 with two homers and eight RBI.
He’ll be eligible to sign with a new team by Thursday at 5 p.m. Eastern Time.