Cubs pick up Anthony Rizzo's $16.5 million option for 2021

CHICAGO — In what could be a farewell season, the Chicago Cubs picked up the $16.5 million option on three-time All-Star first baseman Anthony Rizzo for 2021.The decision gives the Cubs some stability as more difficult decisions await them in what figures to be a challenging offseason. Rizzo, 31, is entering the final season of a multi-year contract he signed in 2013, but is aware the core group that has led the franchise to five playoff appearances in six seasons could break up.On Friday, the Cubs declined the $25 million option on left-handed pitcher Jon Lester.With COVID-19 inflicting signi…

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