MLB Deadline: Yankees Acquire Rizzo, Red Sox Get Schwarber

Jonathan Grant | July 30th, 2021

The New York Yankees are starting to resemble the team that we used to know. The team that would throw their future out the window for big-name stars in the here and now. Having hauled in Joey Gallo from the Texas Rangers, they have now also went out and brought in Anthony Rizzo from the Chicago Cubs. The All-Star first baseman was traded for a couple of minor league prospects and cash considerations (said to be around $5.5 million). Rizzo is due to be a free agent at season’s end, so this could effectively be a ‘rental’ deal.

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The Boston Red Sox, seeing the Yankees make these moves, have also decided to act, bringing in Kyle Schwarber from the Washington Nationals. The outfielder, who is currently on the IL, hit 16 home runs in the month of June prior to his injury and has 25 total this season. The AL East leaders, currently at least, have an option to keep him past this season if they choose to do so. The Los Angeles Dodgers, not to be outdone, are also said to be in talks to make a huge deal with the Nationals as well. It’s being reported that they are trying to reel in both pitcher Max Scherzer and shortstop Trea Turner for four prospects. If they do so, they will only take one of the deepest squads in baseball and make it even deeper. Scherzer is eligible for free agency after this season while Turner won’t be able to do the same until after the 2022 season.

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