Baez working to make impact felt in the majors with Cubs

With a full infield for the Chicago Cubs heading into the 2016, Javier Baez will be trying his hand at playing the outfield in spring training. The Cubs have been linked to re-signing free agent Dexter Fowler to re-take his place in centerfield, but that is still yet to be determined, meaning the Cubs could lack some depth in the outfield to start the season. With Baez, the Cubs...
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14 days ago  |  Discuss

A Paranoid Look at Javier Baez’s Offseason

I’ve cracked the case, you guys: Javier Baez is getting traded and I’ve got proof. The front office has been trying to keep this a secret for months, but I’m here to expose the conspiracy. I even had to dig into some Spanish-language sites to get you the full scoop. If you don’t hear from […]
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16 days ago  |  Discuss

Second Coming: The Next Wave Of Cubs Prospects

Last offseason was an exciting time for Cubs fans, because they had the futures of Kris Bryant, Addison Russell, Kyle Schwarber and Javier Baez to anticipate. Only Baez saw big league action in 2014, and Theo Epstein’s master plan of rebuilding the Chicago Cubs from the ground up had proven to be, in its first […]
Via Baseball Essential
December 30, 2015  |  Discuss

How should the Cubs use Javier Baez in 2016?

Thanks to Ben Zobrist, it is unclear where (and how often) Javier Baez will take the field for the Chicago Cubs in 2016. Baez, who struggled mightily after his first callup in 2014, striking out 95 times in 52 games, went back down to the minor leagues in 2015, refined his approach, and came back […]
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December 29, 2015  |  Discuss

Could Baez be Cubs' answer in centerfield?

Despite the huge offseason the Chicago Cubs have had, the club has yet to add another true centerfielder as it set out to do with Dexter Fowler hitting free agency. Jason Heyward has some experience playing in center and it has been speculated that he could be looked to for playing the position, however, his strongest position is manning right field. In his career, Heyward has started...
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December 28, 2015  |  Discuss

How The Cubs Can Put Themselves Over the Top

In October I wrote an article about how the Chicago Cubs could baseball’s next big dynasty. After all they had a list of players under team control that includes: Anthony Rizzo, Kris Bryant, Addison Russell, Jorge Soler, Javier Baez, Kyle Schwarber, and Jake Arrieta; and Jon Lester signed to a long term deal. Since I […]
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December 28, 2015  |  Discuss

Chicago Cubs: why Javier Baez is vaulable

The Chicago Cubs have been the center of attention during the 2015 MLB offseason. The Cubs started with a bang when they signed John Lackey to a two year deal worth roughly 32 million dollars. Then they surprised everyone when they were able to land Ben Zobrist. Finally, they signed arguably the best available position player in Jason Heyward. The icing on the cake was that Heyward...
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December 27, 2015  |  Discuss

Should the Cubs hold Soler and Baez?

For most of the offseason, Jorge Soler and Javier Baez have not been able to go a week without seeing their names tied up in trade rumors. The outfielder and middle infielder for the Chicago Cubs have been linked (or at least speculated about) in talks to starting pitchers like Shelby Miller, Carlos Carrasco, and […]
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December 13, 2015  |  Discuss

Chicago Cubs trade rumors: Javier Baez being traded?

Trade talks between the Chicago Cubs and Tampa Bay Rays have been heating up as of late and it appears the Rays are targeting Javier Baez. Baez, who is still only 23 years old, seems to be exactly what the Rays are looking for, a young impact bat. Although Baez struggled mightily with his strikeout numbers in 2014, when he was re-called in 2015, he showed steady improvement on his...
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December 07, 2015  |  Discuss

Report: Cubs and Rays Discussing Javier Baez

It was reported late Sunday night by Marc Topkin of the Tampa Bay Times that the Cubs and Rays were discussing a possible trade that would involve infielder Javier Baez.  The 23-year-old struggled in his first season in the bigs back in 2014, but had a much better albeit brief 2015 campaign hitting .289/.325/.408 in […]
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December 07, 2015  |  Discuss

Two Shortstops Mets Could Potentially Deal For

The buzz is that the New York Mets are still looking for improvement at shortstop. They currently have Wilmer Flores and Ruben Tejada there and honestly neither of them are bad options, the duo ranked 10th in Wins Above Replacement in MLB last season. But baseball is now entering a golden age for young shortstops like the Astros’ Carlos Correa, Indians’ Francisco Lindor, Cubs’ Addison...
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November 08, 2015  |  Discuss

Starlin Castro’s Trade Value

The Cubs have three middle infielders for two positions. Addison Russell is planted at shortstop so that leaves Starlin Castro and Javier Baez for 2nd base. There are other possible scenarios. Baez or Castro could move to centerfield if the Cubs don’t re-sign Dexter Fowler or add another CF via free agency or trade. Neither have played there, but there’s probably not any reason...
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October 31, 2015  |  Discuss

Starlin Castro or Javier Baez: Who should the Cubs trade?

The Chicago Cubs are in the unenviable (yeah, right) position of having three potential All-Star shortstops under the age of 26. Starlin Castro (25), Addison Russell (21), and Javier Baez (22), give the Cubs a glut of talent up the middle. It’s hard to believe that at 25, Castro is already a six-year veteran who has played in three All-Star Games. Russell is entrenched as the starting...
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October 26, 2015  |  Discuss

WATCH: Cespedes nails Castro with rocket throw home

By now you would think MLB teams have enough video evidence and scouting reports to know that trying to score a run when Yoenis Cespedes fields a ball is probably a bad idea. The dude has a cannon for a right arm that will gun baserunners down. The latest example of that happened in the fifth inning of Saturday’s NLCS Game 1 between the Cubs and Mets. With the score tied 1-1 and...
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October 17, 2015  |  Discuss

Baez in for Russell: Is He Ready?

Is Javier Baez ready? This was supposed to be the year that Baez “finally” answered that question. After getting a taste of the big leagues in 2014 and struggling mightily, 2015 would be the year he showed the world how his awesome tools would translate into major-league success. Then tragedy struck. His beloved sister passed away and […]
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October 17, 2015  |  Discuss

NLDS Game Four Recap: Cubs 6 Cardinals 4

Top Play (WPA): 2015 has not been an easy year for Javier Baez. After struggling through a cup of coffee in the already-sacrificed 2014 season, adversity found him time-and-again this year. That much is well-documented. Through it all, there was never a doubt that the stoic young man from Bayamon—the man with the MLB logo tattooed on his […]
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October 13, 2015  |  Discuss

Cardinals' season grinds to a halt in NLDS with 6-4 loss to Cubs

CHICAGO -- The Chicago Cubs clinched a postseason series at Wrigley Field for the first time ever, getting home runs from Kyle Schwarber, Anthony Rizzo and Javier Baez in beating the St. Louis Cardinals 6-4 Tuesday to win the NL Division Series in four games. A day after hitting a postseason-record six homers, the Cubs hammered their way into the NL Championship Series by taking...
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October 13, 2015  |  Discuss

Javier Baez Needs Help Naming His Dog

Players are supposed to be nervous heading into their first postseason, right? Not so for the batch of youngsters suiting up for the Chicago Cubs this October. Hours before the first pitch of Game Four against the St. Louis Cardinals, Javier Baez hit the Twitters with an interesting pre-game request. The 22-year-old wanted to know what to name his dog. Seriously? Idk what to nema...
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October 13, 2015  |  Discuss

Javier Baez smashes homer to right, gives Cubs 4-2 lead

Javier Baez is only in the lineup for the Cubs during Game 4 of the NLDS because regular Chicago shortstop Addison Russell is day to day with a hamstring injury. So it must have been pretty satisfying for Baez and manager Joe Maddon when he hit a long three-run homer in the second inning off of John Lackey, giving the Cubs a 4-2 lead. Heroes come out of nowhere every Postseason...
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October 13, 2015  |  Discuss

Javier Baez smashes homer to right, gives Cubs 4-2 lead

Javier Baez is only in the lineup for the Cubs during Game 4 of the NLDS because regular Chicago shortstop Addison Russell is day to day with a hamstring injury. So it must have been pretty satisfying for Baez and manager Joe Maddon when he hit a long three-run homer in the second inning off of John Lackey, giving the Cubs a 4-2 lead. Heroes come out of nowhere every Postseason...
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October 13, 2015  |  Discuss

3 reasons why the Cubs will win the NLDS

On a windy and cool Chicago night, the team from the North Side of Chicago belted six home runs to defeat the St. Louis Cardinals in game three of the NLDS by a score of 8-6. With a commanding 2-1 lead in the series, the Chicago Cubs need just one more victory to advance to the NLCS and face either the Los Angeles Dodgers or New York Mets. Here are three reasons why the Cubs will...
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October 12, 2015  |  Discuss

Six keys to victory for Cubs-Pirates NL Wild Card game

The moment all NL Central fans have predicted is finally here. The Chicago Cubs are in the playoffs for the first time since 2008, and the Pittsburgh Pirates hope to capitalize on their first 98-win season since 1991. With the newly designed playoff format, the marathon MLB season comes down to just one play-in wild card game on Wednesday night in Pittsburgh. What will it take...
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October 06, 2015  |  Discuss

Looking towards the coin toss game

It is all but official. The Cubs will meet the Pirates in the Wild Card game. It's theoretical that the Cubs would play the Cardinals instead, but the chance that St. Louis takes the division is well over 90% at this point – 91.7% according to Baseball Prospectus. Since it's one game, anything can happen: we can win by 17, or lose by 6. That said, it's always nice to have the...
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September 22, 2015  |  Discuss

Game 145 Recap: Cubs 3 Pirates 2

Top Play (WPA): With the Cubs leading 2-1 in the eighth, the Pirates had their leadoff batter reach for the first time all night on a Neil Walker infield single. Francisco Cervelli followed, hitting a knuckling liner at Javier Baez playing shortstop. Pinch-runner Pedro Florimon was going on the pitch, thus making a catch an easy […]
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September 17, 2015  |  Discuss

The Best of FanGraphs: September 8-11, 2015

Each week, we publish north of 100 posts on our various blogs. With this post, we hope to highlight 10 to 15 of them. You can read more on it here. The links below are color coded — green for FanGraphs, brown for RotoGraphs, dark red for The Hardball Times, orange for TechGraphs and blue for Community Research. MONDAY Nothing to see here. Hope you enjoyed the Labor Day holiday...
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September 12, 2015  |  Discuss
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