Chicago Cubs: What the future holds for the Cubs core
Like Schwarber, Javier Báez likes to hit homers. Unlike Schwarber, he’s an all-world defender, routinely praised as one of the MLB’s very best.
A very exciting player, Báez certainly has holes in his swing. However, he makes up for it with highlight plays all around the diamond. His ability to play multiple positions in the infield makes him extremely valuable, even if he’s slumping at the plate. With Ben Zobrist slowing down, he may be poised to take over as the starting 2nd basemen sooner rather than later.
Everyone has a price, and Báez’s is probably very high. However he’s not untouchable, and if the team gets an offer, they can’t refuse (for a starting pitcher?) then he could certainly be headed out of town. Unless that happens though, Báez appears to be in it for the long haul.