#2: A Farewell to Arms
Some people don’t believe in ties. I am one of them, except for now. While they will not be packaged together, they both could bring a good return.
Subject A: Miguel Montero. Has there been a bigger positive surprise on the team this year?
Considering this limited role now, and career averages, if you thought Miggy would hit .309 so far, you have earned my respect. But, he is also in the last year of a contract, and it is doubtful he returns.
Willson Contreras is the Chicago Cubs’ everyday catcher. Victor Caratini is showing his readiness for big-league play. A team that is need of assets may find value in Montero for the rest of the season.
Subject B: Javier Baez. I should probably duck again, but there are solid reasons for the thought. He can hit for power and his defense is stellar. For whatever reason, this year has not progressed as we hoped for him. Sure, recent events show potential for performance, but prudence predicts a prospective placement change.
Ian Happ is coming on strong, and will rotate with Ben Zobrist at second base. The advantage of two switch hitters is something not to be taken lightly by manager Joe Maddon. Barring injury, Addison Russell is staying at short.