It’s not particularly notable that the Cubs bought out Anthony Rizzo’s arbitration years and guaranteed him $41 million, but this quote stood out:
After hitting .285 with 15 home runs and 48 RBIs in half a season last year, Rizzo and the Cubs had discussions in spring training about a long-term deal, but the talks were tabled until about 10 days ago. A source familiar with the negotiations said after Rizzo got hot, raising his average to .280 while hitting eight home runs in April, the talks began again.
Storied prospect struggles to begin the season, hits a hot streak, and lands a big contract. Strangely reactive to a short sample size by the Cubs, but, of course, if you read further down the article, you’ll learn how Jed Hoyer and Theo Epstein have been invested in Rizzo for many years.