Chicago Cubs looking to keep Javier Baez and his swagger in town

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Chicago Cubs shortstop Javier Baez is one of team’s most popular players from his daring play on the field to aggressive turns at bat. Can Baez popularity get him back in a Cubs uniform next season?

There are not many fans in Chicago that would argue, Chicago Cubs shortstop Javier Baez is the most popular player in a Cubs uniform these days. Baez has captured the imagination of young baseball fans, impressed players and fans across the board with his defensive “golden-glove” caliber play on the field.

On offense, Baez continues to come to the plate without an ounce of fear. His aggressive swinging style earns both praise and criticism from fans depending on how it affects the rest of the team’s production.

When Baez gets on base, he is in a whole different league as he steals bases and uses his “swim move” to avoid the defensive tags. It is almost like watching baseball ballet as Baez gracefully maneuvers his way past defenders.

In October, one of MLB’s most popular video games, MLB: The Show announced that next year’s video game release will feature Baez on the front cover. Due to the game’s popularity among players as well as fans, you could almost say that Baez has reached the pinnacle of stardom at this point in his young career.

Baez is a superstar, plain and simple.

However, with all the changes the Chicago Cubs are going through next season, can this momentum of fame and popularity assure the maverick shortstop a position on the Cub’s roster next season?