Cubs first baseman Anthony Rizzo became the latest member of the 1,000-hit club on Saturday after hitting a single against the Nationals’ Tanner Roark. The hit — as well as a hit-by-pitch in the first inning — helped extend his current 15-game on-base streak.
Rizzo, 29, isn’t working with career-high totals in 2018, but his 2018 .264/.362/.442 batting line has seen a nice boost since he was bumped up to the leadoff spot in mid-July. Over the last month, he’s averaged .355/.455/.602 at the plate with five homers and a 1.058 OPS in 112 PA.
As MLB.com’s Matthew Martell pointed out, 982 of those 1,000 hits have come with the Cubs; he racked up the other 18 during his first season with the Padres. Given the torrid pace at which he’s accumulated his first 1,000 hits (he reached the milestone in just 1,014 career games), however, it won’t be long before he logs a full thousand in a Cubs’ uniform, too.
“He’s got many more to come,” skipper Joe Maddon told reporters following Saturday’s 9-4 loss to the Nationals. “He’s still a young man. There’s no telling how many he’ll end up with. His baseball hitting acumen is really high.”
Last night we heard the beginning of rumblings of a possible three-team trade involving the Yankees, Mets and Marlins that could involve J.T. Realmuto and Noah Syndergaard. Those rumblings — while still off in the distance — are getting a bit louder this morning, with reports floating that the Marlins are driving it and that it’s not just wishcasting from New York.
Into that mix comes something interesting: Ken Rosenthal reports that the Yankees are open to moving third baseman Miguel Andujar and that he’s “a name to watch.”
Coming as it does after that Yankees-Mets-Marlins chatter might mean that Andujar could be involved in all of that and, if he is, that could make for a monster deal. Such a blockbuster would certainly be a good enough reason to part with Andujar despite a strong rookie season in which he hit.297/.328/.527 with 27 homers and 92 RBI. Worth noting that moving him could also open up third base for a big acquisition like Manny Machado, but that’s separate speculation, I suppose.
Not that any of this would be that easy, of course, especially if it involved the Mets. The Mets and Yankees rarely make trades with one another, and if they were to do one, it’d have to be something that the Mets could claim, convincingly, that they won lest they get raked over the tabloid coals. That being said, the Marlins reportedly want an established major leaguer in any deal for Realmuto and the Mets reportedly want more than just Realmuto if they were to give up Syndergaard. As such, Andujar could fit into that in any number of ways.
There’s obviously there’s a long way to go on this sort of thing, but the names floating around talks with the Yankees, Mets and Marlins are quite interesting and could suggest something big is brewing.