Anthony Rizzo Sets Firm Opening Day Cut-Off for Extension Talks with the Cubs, Doesn't Sound Optimistic

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Anthony Rizzo Sets Firm Opening Day Cut-Off for Extension Talks with the Cubs, Doesn’t Sound Optimistic

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The latest reporting on the Cubs and Anthony Rizzo has not had an optimistic tone – the sides are very far apart, apparently – and it’s getting even more pessimistic. I’m getting rather bummed.

Here’s what Rizzo had to say about the state of things today, making clear that Opening Day is a hard cut-off, and suggesting he doesn’t think it gets done:

That last one stings. I don’t want to get TOO maudlin just yet, because we don’t know what might happen in the days ahead (or after that). But I will say that it’s clearly become incredibly possible that the Cubs do enter the season without having extended the face of their franchise, and that Rizzo actually does ultimately depart for another team next year. I don’t even really want to absorb it, but Rizzo’s comments are clear.

Your slim hope now is that sometimes hard deadlines do spur activity, and maybe this is Rizzo’s way of saying the Cubs need to come back to the table with a better offer (we know they were under nine figures, according to Jon Heyman, and other rumors out there suggest it was actually much lower than that).

If a deal doesn’t get done before Thursday, it’s inarguable that for many fans, Opening Day will have a really tainted taste. The Cubs cannot be oblivious to the reality that, if Rizzo were to walk in November, it will be impossible to convince fans that it was a justifiable move. Lordy I hope this is all just posturing as the sides get near the goal line, and we get delightfully surprised by a deal this week. But now, like Rizzo, I’m no longer optimistic.

And we haven’t even started talking about how nothing is done with Javy Báez, either …



Author: Brett Taylor

Brett Taylor is the Editor and Lead Cubs Writer at Bleacher Nation, and you can find him on Twitter at @BleacherNation and @Brett_A_Taylor.