Anthony Rizzo wants to focus on the team — not contract extension talks — once Cubs season starts

MESA, Ariz. — Chicago Cubs first baseman Anthony Rizzo is prepared to focus solely on baseball once the regular season starts — regardless of his contract situation. Teammate and fellow impending free agent Javier Baez suggested earlier this spring he likely would set a deadline for extension talks. Rizzo indicated before Friday’s exhibition against the Milwaukee Brewers he will be taking the same approach. When asked if he is giving the Cubs an opening-day deadline, Rizzo said, “Sure, if that’s how you want to look at it.” Rizzo is “very optimistic” about where contract talks stand with the C…

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