Chicago Cubs: Javier Baez belongs at shortstop, Cubs make a trade

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The Chicago Cubs will start Javier Baez at shortstop to start the season. When Addison Russell returns, should that change? And the Cubs make a deal with the Kansas City Royals.

This isn’t the elephant in the room for the Chicago Cubs. It’s more like the elephant is out of the room for 40 games. Javier Baez is one of the best shortstops in the game. And if he lines up anywhere else on the infield? He might be the best at that position on that field. But what about when Addison Russell return? Does Baez move back to second base? The answer should be a hard no. Baez in this team’s shortstop. Now and in the future.

The Cubs made a trade on Friday night. It’s one we, in most cases, wouldn’t even talk about. But since this winter was a little slow, why not. The Cubs brought back a former second-round in Donnie Dewees in exchange for Stephen Ridings, sending him to Kansas City. The move was likely to build some organizational depth in the upper levels on the farm while moving one of the lower level pitchers that the system is flooded with.

Rob Manfred just doesn’t seem to want to leave well enough alone. He’s going to use the Independent Atlantic League to test some ‘potential’ rule changes and field changes. This is more than just the pace of play moves. We’re talking about moving the pitcher’s mound back, eradicating the shift and other mind-benders. Mr. Manfred? Please stop doing everything that you’re doing and walk away.

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‘Rookie might do something not done since ’43’ – MLB.com

‘Tanaka named Yankees Opening Day starter’ – ESPN

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