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CHICAGO -- The Chicago Cubs have viewed Anthony Rizzo as a part of their future since they acquired him. Now hes 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. "We believe in Anthony," general manager Jed Hoyer said. "We think hes going to be a very big part of our future here in Chicago, and were excited to get a deal done. 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. Rizzo realized that he was taking "maybe a little bit of a discount now" but said "its security for now and its a huge weight off my shoulder, my familys shoulders, my kids shoulders, my grandkids shoulders." Hoyer said talks for a new deal began with about two weeks left in spring training but were halted before opening day. They restarted less than two weeks ago. Rizzo gets a $2 million signing bonus, of which $250,000 is payable within 30 days of the contracts approval by Major League Baseball and $1.75 million is payable next Jan. 15. He receives a $750,000 salary this year, up from $498,000 under the agreement he reached in March. He then will earn $1.25 million next year, $5 million apiece in 2015 and 2016, $7 million each in 2017 and 2018 and $11 million in 2019. Chicago has a $14.5 million option for 2020 with a $2 million buyout. If that is exercised, the Cubs will have a $14.5 million for 2021 with a $2 million buyout. "This day has come so fast," Rizzo said. "Looking back on it, when I was a young kid dreaming of this day, its a surreal moment." With chairman Tom Ricketts and president of baseball operations Theo Epstein watching, the Cubs announced a deal that has the highest average annual value ($5,857,143) for a position player with less than two years of major league service. Among pitchers in that service group, Seattles Hisashi Iwakuma ($7 million), Torontos Ricky Romero ($6.02 million) and San Franciscos Madison Bumgarner ($5,592,667) have higher averages. "I think its a great matchup for both sides," Hoyer said. "It is unusual that it is early, but I think our knowledge of Anthony and our belief in him as a person makes that possible." Hoyer declined to say if the Cubs are negotiating new deals with other players, but said he "certainly" hopes there are others who follow Rizzo. Rizzo was selected out of high school in the sixth round of the 2007 amateur draft by Boston, a time when Epstein and Hoyer were running the Red Sox front office. Hoyer was the Padres general manager when San Diego dealt for Rizzo. He was treated for Hodgkins lymphoma in 2008 and played only 21 games that season. He recovered, became a top prospect and was dealt to San Diego in December 2010 as part of the Adrian Gonzalez trade. Rizzo then played 49 games for the Padres in 2011 but struggled, hitting .141 with one homer and RBIs. He was traded to Chicago in January 2012 for Andrew Cashner. Rizzo was batting just .173 heading into the game at Miami on April 26. He hit a 420-foot home run to centre and a 413-foot shot to the upper deck in right field that day for his second career two-homer game. It also gave him eight for the season, the most by a Cubs left-handed hitter in April. Last August, the Cubs gave shortstop Starlin Castro a $60 million, seven-year contract. "I feel happy because I feel like I have him and me for a long time here," Castro said. And manager Dale Sveum thought the deal bodes well for a team without a World Series title since 1908. Its pretty important to all of us, the city, the organization, to have somebody like that locked up for that long," he said. NOTES: If an option is declined, the buyout is payable the following Jan. 15. If he wins the NL MVP or finishes among the top five in MVP voting at least twice, his 2019 salary increases to $12 million and the option prices go up to $16.5 million. In addition, if he finishes among the top two in NL MVP voting in any year through 2019 and then is traded, he can void the 2021 option. Rizzo also gets a hotel suite for road trips. His deal was negotiated by agent Marc Pollack of Sports One Athlete Management. Rollie Fingers Jersey .35 million, one-year contract that avoided salary arbitration. Plouffe batted .254 with 14 home runs and 52 RBIs in 477 at-bats last season, his second as a regular in the lineup. Dave Winfield Jersey .Y. -- Paul Byron and Matt Stajan scored as the Calgary Flames started a five-game road trip with a 2-1 overtime win over the Buffalo Sabres on Saturday afternoon. http://www.wholesalepadresjerseys.com/tony-gwynn-jersey/ .ca looks back at the stories and moments that made the year memorable. 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PARIS -- Defending champion Paris Saint-Germain warmed up for its Champions League match against Arsenal next week with a tepid 1-1 home draw against Saint-Etienne on Friday night.Life after star striker Zlatan Ibrahimovic is proving complicated for PSG, which has taken one point from two matches following a 3-1 defeat at Monaco before the international break.PSG opened the scoring with a penalty from Brazilian winger Lucas midway through the second half, but paid the price for poor defending when Slovenia forward Robert Beric equalized in the third minute of injury time.Of course were disappointed when we play like that in front of our home fans, Lucas said. But we need to be very patient. Were still a very good side.PSG will need an improved performance against Premier League side Arsenal on Tuesday.At Parc des Princes, winger Hatem Ben Arfa missed a good first-half chance for a PSG side that is rebuilding without Ibrahimovic, who has joined Manchester United, and under new coach Unai Emery, who replaced Laurent Blanc.PSG won back-to-back trebles under Blanc, but he was fired after PSG failed to progress beyond the quarterfinals of the Champions League.Since Qatari investors QSI took over five years ago, hundreds of millions have been invested on players -- but PSG has not reached the last four of Europes most prestigious competition since 1995.Keeen to improve PSGs chances in Europe, president Nasser Al-Khelaifi replaced Blanc with Emery -- who last season guided Sevilla to a third straight Europa League title.ddddddddddddWere looking at what the coach wants to change and what he wants us to do, Lucas said. We must improve quickly because the league is difficult. You cant drop points at home.Considering its wealth, PSGs recruitment was fairly modest and the players who left grabbed more headlines than those who came in. As well as losing Ibrahimovic, who did not sign a new contract, Emery sold versatile defender David Luiz back to Chelsea, depriving PSG of two of its key players.Emery signed Ben Arfa from Nice and 23-year-old Spanish forward Jese from Real Madrid. But Jese started only 14 league games for Madrid in the past three seasons, and was arguably not a big loss.Gritty Poland midfielder Grzegorz Krychowiak was signed from Sevilla while right back Thomas Meunier joined PSG from the unheralded Belgian league.Hardly inspiring signings.Meunier was involved in the mix-up that led to Saint-Etiennes last-gasp equalizer as panicky PSG failed to deal with a routine cross from the right.We shouldnt concede a goal like that, Lucas said. We know that we must improve. 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