Yankees Pull Off Blockbuster Trade Deadline Move

The New York Yankees added a big bat to their lineup at the expense of their biggest rival.

ESPN reports the Yankees acquired Chicago Cubs All-Star first baseman Anthony Rizzo in exchange for right-handed pitcher Alexander Vizcaino and outfielder Kevin Alcantara, both minor league prospects.

The move came after days of reports indicating that Rizzo was likely headed to the Boston Red Sox.

Rizzo, a three-time All-Star, was an integral part of the Cubs ending their 108-year World Series drought in 2016, but was among several big names reported to be on the trading block given the franchise’s plan to rebuild its roster.

Rizzo thanked the Chicago fans, while expressing his excitement in joining the Yankees.

Rizzo is currently hitting for a .248 batting average with 14 home runs and 40 RBI in 376 plate appearances during the 2021 season.

The Yankees also acquired slugger Joey Gallo, with both moves aiming to boost their lineup.