Chicago Cubs: This would be rough to see as a Cubs fan
As if watching Gleyber Torres mash for the Yankees hasn’t been hard enough, there’s more than a slight chance the Yanks could make a play for Baez since there’s a huge hole defensively at short that Torres just isn’t able to fill. Moving Torres back to a better fit at second base not only makes sense – it’s almost a must if the Yankees expect to do well in 2021.
While the Yankees need pitching and might need to use some propsect capital in order to procure some arms, Baez would be high on their list as well. And boy would he seem like the kind of guy to relish the bright lights and pressure playing in New York affords all its players. Some guys just don’t do well with that kind of thing, but Baez seems like he was made for the Big Apple. Not that I want him in a Yankees jersey at all, but man this seems like a begrudgingly good fit.
While Baez would assuredly bring tremendous defense to the infield in The House that Ruth Built (Take 2), he would also go a long way in replacing the impact bat the Yankees are losing in DJ LeMahieu. Assuming they don’t re-sign Lemahieu, the Yankees would be getting less average in Baez, but more power and more star power.
The Bronx Bombers don’t have the same kind of farm they once did, but they have plenty of pieces to swing this deal – maybe a Martian for a Mago? No, but seriously, while Jasson Dominguez will be off-limits, the Yankees have a plethora of options on the farm and some who have even hit the big already.