Chicago Cubs: What a Mets return for Javier Baez could look like

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Chicago Cubs: Javier Baez could make sense at the trade deadline

Make no mistake. Baez makes sense for the New York Mets right now. Especially while Lindor is out. When Lindor is back and you have this duo paired together up the middle, it’s easy to understand why that would be appealing to the Mets front office.

Like I said, Cohen is willing to blow past the luxury tax threshold. Being worth $14 billion can give you that luxury and allow you to not really care. Furthermore, after this season, the Mets will need to address other needs. Specifically in their starting rotation. Marcus Stroman and Noah Syndergaard are both set to become unrestricted free agents this offseason.

Come to think of it, so are eight other players. The Mets have a grand total of $69.3 million scheduled to come off the books when the season is over. That’s before addressing the finances of Kevin Pillar’s $2.9M player option for 2022. New York also has the ability to still take on the remainder of Baez’s contract this season without going past the $210 million luxury tax threshold, offer him a sizable extension moving forward and address the starting pitching needs in the offseason.

They don’t necessarily have to address pitching at the deadline, as they sit seventh in team ERA at 3.56. So, what would you get for El Mago in return?