The face of the Cubs franchise is headed to the Bronx.
The Cubs have agreed to trade first baseman Anthony Rizzo to the Yankees, NBC Sports Chicago's Gordon Wittenmyer confirmed Thursday.
Rizzo was the longest tenured Cubs player, coming over from the Padres in a trade in January 2012. He was one of the first building blocks for the Cubs as they opened their championship window, eventually breaking their 108-year drought in 2016.
The first baseman recently told NBC Sports Chicago he hoped to be a Cub for life.
“This place is special,” Rizzo said this week. “If [traded], I’ll deal with it. But as of right now, I plan on being a Cub for the rest of my career.”
Rizzo, who was in his 10th season with the Cubs, made three All-Star teams and won four Gold Glove Awards in Chicago. He hit 242 home runs, recently reaching sixth in franchise history.
The first baseman spent Thursday's loss to the Reds on the top step of the Cubs' dugout. He was out of the starting lineup, along with Kris Bryant, another candidate to get traded.
As it turned out, that was fans' last sight of him in a Cubs uniform,
More to come on this breaking news.