Yankees' Rizzo over Cubs trade: 'It's business'
Prior to Thursday's game against the Chicago White Sox, Rizzo was asked what he thought of being traded and if he hashed it out with Cubs executive Jed Hoyer.
"Yeah, I think with our relationship with Jed, Theo (Epstein), and Jason McLeod, those three really saw me grow up," Rizzo said, according to the Chicago Tribune's Paul Sullivan. "They know who I am. They know who my family is and (wife) Emily is. And I know who they are. I don't think it was ever necessarily (acrimonious). It's business. ... They had to make tough business decisions."
The Cubs dealt Rizzo to the Yankees last July after failing to reach a contract extension. He said last August that Hoyer's comments made the trade sound like a "bad breakup."
"As a human being, was I (ticked) off? Of course. But as a baseball player who sees what happens and (knows) this is a business, that's the way it is. As far as hashing it out, I don't think there's much to hash out."
Rizzo has become a mainstay in the Yankees' lineup and is focused on helping them remain atop the AL East standings. However, he still hopes for the best in the place where he became a star.
"I wish them well," Rizzo said of the Cubs. "I want Jed to have success being the president there. He was the GM under Theo for a while. So for him to build the next great Cubs team would be great for him and (his wife) Merrill and his family."
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