Cubs trade Rizzo to Yankees for 2 prospects

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The New York Yankees acquired first baseman Anthony Rizzo and cash from the Chicago Cubs in exchange for minor-league right-handed pitcher Alexander Vizcaino and outfielder Kevin Alcantara, the club announced Thursday.

It's the Yankees' second major splash over the last 24 hours. New York acquired All-Star outfielder Joey Gallo on Wednesday. Both Rizzo and Gallo are left-handed bats.

"I think this is a great opportunity and I'm really fortunate to be going to the New York Yankees," Rizzo said, according to Bryan Hoch of MLB.com. "It's the No. 1 sports franchise in the world. It's going to be a fun ride. I can't wait to get there and just try to settle in as fast as I can."

Rizzo is a three-time All-Star and four-time Gold Glove winner. The 31-year-old has spent the last 10 seasons with the Cubs, hitting 242 home runs with a .853 OPS. He won a World Series with Chicago in 2016 and is slated to become a free agent after this campaign.

Vizcaino was the No. 9-ranked prospect in the Yankees' minor-league system, while Alcantara sat at No. 12, according to MLB Pipeline.

After landing Rizzo, the Yankees are no longer interested in pursuing Colorado Rockies shortstop Trevor Story, reports Jon Heyman of MLB Network.

However, New York is now open to moving first baseman Luke Voit, Heyman adds.

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