Sports Digest: Cubs, Rizzo agree to $41 million, 7-year deal

2013-05-13T21:15:00Z 2013-09-16T19:31:28Z Sports Digest: Cubs, Rizzo agree to $41 million, 7-year deal nwitimes.com
May 13, 2013 9:15 pm

Pro baseball

CUBS, RIZZO AGREE TO $41 MILLION, 7-YEAR DEAL: 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 and the Cubs agreed Monday to a $41 million, seven-year contract that could be worth up to $68 million over nine seasons.

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

WOOD SOLID AS CUBS CRUISE PAST ROCKIES: Travis Wood pitched seven scoreless innings and the Cubs came within two outs of their first shutout since last August in a 9-1 win over the Colorado Rockies on Monday night.

Alfonso Soriano homered for Chicago, which has won three straight for the second time this season. The Cubs' 14 hits were one short of a season high.

HICKS' BAT AND GLOVE HELP TWINS BEAT SOX: Rookie Aaron Hicks hit two home runs and made a leaping catch in center field to take a home run away from Adam Dunn in the Minnesota Twins' 10-3 win over the White Sox on Monday night.

Alex Rios had two RBIs for the White Sox, who are last in the American League in batting average and runs scored.

Hector Santiago (1-2) allowed six runs — three earned — on eight hits in 5 2-3 innings.

 

College baseball

ANDREAN'S RAPACZ TO PLAY AT PURDUE-CAL: Purdue Calumet baseball coach Dave Griffin added the 20th member of his 2013 recruiting class with the commitment of Andrean catcher Eric Rapacz. The Schererville native joins a recruiting class that is headlined by infielder Micah Rooke (Whiting/Clark) and outfielder Ryan Eger (St. John/Bishop Noll).

The 6-foot-1 catcher has helped lead the 59ers to a 22-1 record this spring and a No.1 ranking in The Times prep baseball poll. Rapacz is a two-year letterwinner for Andrean.

 

Around the horn

Former Mount Carmel soccer player Pedro Mendieta will play soccer for Purdue-Cal next season. He transfers from Elmhurst College.

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