Chicago Cubs: This would be a big splash for the new GM
If I were handed the reins as big league GM, I’d make sure to have several things in order. I’d want a manageable payroll I can work with and good people in coaching the players in my organization. After that, I’d want a solid farm, good pitching and up the middle players. Adding a little flash and hype in my first year… well, that wouldn’t be so bad if it was a productive move as well.
Enter Kim Ng, who now makes decisions on players and happenings for Derek Jeter and the Marlins. Fresh off their postseason experience this past fall, the Marlins adding Baez would signal to the league that they’re for real and bolster expectations for 2021 to new heights. The Marlins have a couple options at shortstop even without acquiring Baez, including prospect Jazz Chisholm and veteran Miguel Rojas, but neither are Baez.
Chisholm, who some believe to be the heir apparent at short for the Marlins, could be featured in the deal if the Fish plan on extending Baez at some point. They also could go with left-handed outfielder J.J. Bleday if they still see Chisholm in their plans going forward. With plenty of high ceiling and risky prospects, Ng may decide there are some guys she is more than willing to part with for a guy like Baez.