Chicago Cubs: Top players we’ve lost in recent years – #3: Javier Baez
El Mago. Javier Baez is and always will be remembered as a core member the 2016 championship team. Though the Cubs recently parted ways with the infielder, Baez’ electric plays in the field, at the plate and on the basepaths were an instant momentum boost anytime he made something happen. His baseball IQ is simply on another level. Unfortunately, he was traded at the deadline along with the rest of the core back in July.
It’s been a lot of ups and downs in his brief time with the New York Mets – but it’s nothing but aces right now for El Mago. Baez has rebounded and slashed an impressive .298/.360/.570, more than making up for the down first half of the season he had in Chicago. Whether the Mets hang on to him or not is yet to be seen. There will be other teams in on him if he finishes out the season strong.
One of those teams should be the Cubs. It would be nice to see the team bring back at least one of the core members they lost this season. As previously stated, Baez to the Cubs this offseason isn’t as far-fetched as it may seem. Baez has stated how much he loves playing for Chicago and if the Mets don’t intend to re-sign him, Chicago needs to come calling and get their magician back.