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Cubs sign Rizzo to long deal

CHICAGO — The Cubs have viewed Anthony Rizzo as a part of their future since they acquired him.

Now he's locked in.

The slugging first baseman agreed Monday to a $41 million, seven-year contract that could be worth up to $68 million over nine seasons.

"We believe in Anthony," general manager Jed Hoyer said. "We think he's going to be a very big part of our future here in Chicago, and we're excited to get a deal done."

The 23-year-old went into Monday hitting .280 with a .352 on-base percentage. He also had nine home runs and 28 RBIs in his third major-league season.

Rizzo realized that he was taking "maybe a little bit of a discount now" but said "it's security for now and it's a huge weight off my shoulder, my family's shoulders, my kids' shoulders, my grandkids' shoulders."

Rizzo gets a $2 million signing bonus, of which $250,000 is payable within 30 days of the contract's approval by Major League Baseball and $1.75 million is payable next Jan. 15.

He receives a $750,000 salary this year, up from $498,000 under the agreement he reached in March.

"This day has come so fast," Rizzo said. "Looking back on it, when I was a young kid dreaming of this day, it's a surreal moment."

Ankiel joins Mets: The Mets signed Rick Ankiel and started him in centerfield Monday against the Cardinals, the team that converted him from wild lefty to outfielder. "Obviously, I've played here in Busch Stadium quite a bit, and it's just kind of ironic the first game back is here in St. Louis," Ankiel said before New York's 6-3 loss. He went 0-for-3 with a walk and a run scored and just missed a diving catch on former Ray Ty Wigginton's pinch-hit bloop double to shallow center off of Scott Rice to open the seventh. Ankiel, a Fort Pierce native, was designated for assignment by the Astros last week and cleared waivers Sunday.

Greinke return: Right-hander Zack Greinke will pitch Wednesday. Whether he faces the Nationals at Dodger Stadium, or the Single-A San Jose Giants in Rancho Cucamonga, Calif., remains to be seen. Greinke has been on the disabled list since April 12, the day after breaking his clavicle in a fight with Padres OF Carlos Quentin. He made a rehab start Friday and came out of a weekend bullpen session in good shape, manager Don Mattingly said.

Astros president resigns: George Postolos resigned as president and CEO of the Astros, returning to sports consulting work in the midst of what looks likely to be Houston's third consecutive season of at least 100 losses. He had been in the posts since November 2011.

More Astros: RHP Bud Norris left his start against the Tigers with back spasms, and 2B Jose Altuve left with a jaw injury after colliding with rightfielder Jimmy Paredes while chasing a popup.

Red Sox: Shane Victorino was cleared to play a day after crashing into the rightfield wall at Fenway Park. Victorino ran hard into the low wall while pursuing a home run by Toronto's Emilio Bonifacio. The team said Victorino was cleared to play tonight against the Rays at Tropicana Field.

Tigers: CF Austin Jackson was put on the 15-day DL because of a pulled left hamstring.

Cubs sign Rizzo to long deal 05/13/13 [Last modified: Monday, May 13, 2013 10:44pm]
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