Chicago Cubs: Javier Baez is watching his stock fall in a big way
What will be very interesting to see and potentially a deal breaker for the Mets and Baez long-term is how well he plays at home. Baez slashes .241/.292/.578 with eight home runs and 16 runs batted in in 89 career at-bats in Citi Field. It will be interesting to see how the rest of the season plays out for him in the Big Apple.
Should he walk at the end of the year, what bodes well for the Cubs if the front office would even be interested, is that there are so many short stops available this offseason. You have guys like Marcus Semien, Corey Seager, Trevor Story and Carlos Correa all available this year. Baez is currently having the worst year out of all of them and would more than likely not draw as much attention, at least right away, as other teams in need of a shortstop.
The tricky part is, the Cubs now have Nico Hoerner and Nick Madrigal at shortstop and second base moving forward. So, how does he even fit? For one, the common belief is that once a new CBA is reached between the MLB and the Players Association, the universal DH will be here to stay.
That’s your answer in how bringing Baez back now makes any sense. You could theoretically form a lineup of Hoerner, Madrigal, Baez and rotate who DH’s for the day. If a universal DH isn’t reached, yes, it would be hard to find room for Baez – unless we see Hoerner go back to the outfield.