What *COULD* Happen When Baez Returns

  With Javier Baez now rehabbing with the Iowa Cubs, Starlin Castro‘s struggles along with the cloud of uncertainty with the trade deadline approaching, fans of the Chicago Cubs are trying to figure out how the pieces all fit together. Some people assume that once Baez is ready to return to the majors, he will take over second base pushing Addison Russell to short stop which would...
Via World Series Dreaming
5 days ago  |  Discuss

Report: Padres interested in Cubs’ Javier Baez

The San Diego Padres and Chicago Cubs have been connected in recent days and while a James Shields-for-Starlin Castro makes some sense, that swap is highly unlikely. The Padres, however, are showing interest in another Cubs shortstop. Jon Heyman of CBSSports.com reports that the Cubs and Padres have talked about Javier Baez in trade talks. Baez, 22, is a very talented player, but...
Via Baseball Essential
5 days ago  |  Discuss

Cubs need to punt on 2015 at trade deadline

In a way, this feels better than a September collapse, because they presumably got it out of the way before mistakes could be made and real heartbreak could be suffered. But this weekend’s home sweep at the hands of the woeful Philadelphia Phillies, which included getting no-hit for the first time since 1965, proved that the Chicago Cubs absolutely should not be selling off prospects...
Via Rumors and Rants
7 days ago  |  Discuss

Baez Helps AZL Cubs Drub-Blank the Brew Crew

Javy Baez doubled, singled, walked, reached base on an HBP, and scored two runs, Carlos Sepulveda drove-in four runs with a pair of two-run singles, and RHSP Austyn Willis hurled five innings of two-hit shutout ball and combined with three relievers to toss a five-hit shutouit, as the AZL Cubs whitewashed the AZL Brewers 11-0 in Arizona League action Saturday night at Maryvale Stadium...
Via Cub Reporter
8 days ago  |  Discuss

Report: Cubs trying for Cole Hamels; Offering Starlin Castro, Javier Baez

The Chicago Cubs have shown interest in Cole Hamels and have recently scouted him, as I wrote for Baseball Essential, but do the two teams have what it takes to complete a deal? With their deep farm system, the Cubs are well positioned to make a run at Hamels. The Cubs, however, prefer not to trade those young, talented players, since they plan to build around them. In trade talks...
Via Baseball Essential
11 days ago  |  Discuss

Baseball Prospectus Midseason Top 50 Prospects

There weren’t too many people that argued the Cubs top prospects entering this season were Kris Bryant and Addison Russell. Below them were Jorge Soler, Javier Baez, Albert Almora, Kyle Schwarber and C.J.Edwards. It’s been fun to watch these guys at the MLB level, but that takes them off the top prospects list and therefore the BP Midseason top 50 only includes two Cubs: Kyle...
Via Obstructed View
28 days ago  |  Discuss

Cubs' Baez to begin rehab

Cubs' prospect Javier Baez, who suffered a non-displaced fracture of his finger on June 7, will begin rehabbing in Arizona on Wednesday.Photo Credit: Doug Pensinger/Getty Images
Via Fox Sports
June 25, 2015  |  Discuss

Rumored Baez for Niese deal could work for Mets

Bear with me for a moment, but let’s imagine the Mets are not in a deep freefall with no end in sight. Let’s assume they didn’t cough up an 11-0 streak and could hit their way out of a paper bag. Pretend the New York Mets are legitimate playoff contenders this season. Better isn’t it? Unfortunately, we’ve still got a quandary on our hands. The Mets have way too much starting...
Via Mets360.com
June 24, 2015  |  Discuss

Cubs Approached Mets For Starting Pitching

According to Gordon Wittenmyer of the Chicago Sun-Times, the Chicago  Cubs have reached out to the Mets as well as other teams as their year long quest for a cost-controlled starting pitcher wages on. What’s not clear is if Wittenmyer is referring to the conversation the Mets and Cubs had last offseason or if this is something new. Considering how the two teams are ideally...
Via Mets Merized Online
June 23, 2015  |  Discuss

Chicago Cubs: Quick hits

If the playoffs started today, the Chicago Cubs would make it. Yeah, you read that right. Most Cub fans expected to hear that next year, but what a pleasant surprise. Here are a two of many things to pay attention to as the Cubs try to keep up and make the playoffs in 2015. Pitching This past offseason the Cubs went out and got their ace, Jon Lester and resigned Jason Hammel. But...
Via isportsweb.com
June 19, 2015  |  Discuss

2015 Angels Trade Deadline Targets: Cubs-Angels

By Robert Cunningham, AngelsWin.com Staff Writer -  One of the biggest concerns for the Angels so far this season has been the team’s poor offensive performance against right-handed pitching, where they are hitting a collective .680 OPS. Part of that issue stems from the fact that the team is running a .274 BABIP versus RHP which should normalize and regress to the mean...
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June 15, 2015  |  Discuss

2015 MLB Draft: No. 9 – Chicago Cubs – Ian Happ

With the #9 pick in the 2015 MLB Amateur Draft, the Chicago Cubs selected Ian Happ, outfielder, from the University of Cincinnati.  A switch-hitting junior, the 20-year old Happ has an .369/.492/.672 triple-slash with 47 R’s, 18 2B’s, 14 HR’s, 44 RBI’s, 49 BB’s, 49 SO’s, and an 1.164 OPS in 198 at-bats. A lot of talent evaluators love Happ’s swing, and what’s not...
Via Baseball Hot Corner
June 09, 2015  |  Discuss

Cubs' Baez out with fractured finger

  Talk of a Javier Baez promotion will come to a halt as the prospect suffered a "non-displaced fracture on his left ring figer Sunday in a game with Triple-A Iowa. He is expected to miss four to eight weeks," according to Cubs.com. “That's a kick in the butt for the kid, man," Cubs manager Joe Maddon said. “He's been working so hard, he's been doing so well. I don't know the...
Via Fox Sports
June 07, 2015  |  Discuss

Cubs’ prospect Javier Baez out 4-8 weeks with fractured finger

This is unfortunate news for Chicago Cubs fans. Cubs’ minor league infielder Javier Baez will be sidelined approximately 4-8 weeks after fracturing his left ring finger in a Triple-A game Sunday. Cubs infielder Javier Baez taken to a local Iowa hospital for precautionary X-rays on his hand, according to manager Marty Pevey. #Cubs — Ash Marshall (@AshMarshallMLB) June 7, 2015...
Via Baseball Essential
June 07, 2015  |  Discuss

Javier Baez Injury Leads To Uncertain Future With The Chicago Cubs

Chicago Cubs infielder Javier Baez won’t be called up anytime soon after suffering a hand injury and leaving Sunday’s Iowa Cubs game. According to the Des Moines Register, Baez injured his left hand after sliding headfirst into second base on a steal in the seventh inning against the Memphis Redbirds. “We don’t have an update right now,” Iowa manager Marty Pevey said...
Via Sports Mockery
June 07, 2015  |  Discuss

Report: Javier Baez Sustains Hand Injury, Out 4-8 Weeks

Javier Baez, who was long considered one of the Chicago Cubs’ top prospects before being called up to the big leagues last year, sustained a hand injury that will sideline him for at least one month and perhaps two. Tommy Birch of the Des Moines Register reported Baez appeared to jam a finger while sliding headfirst into second base for the Iowa Cubs, Chicago’s Triple-A affiliate...
Via Sportsnaut
June 07, 2015  |  Discuss

Baez Homers Off Light Tower

In the Iowa Cubs games against the Memphis Redbirds, Javier Baez blasted a ball off a light tower in deep left field. You have got to see this. As we have mentioned over the past could weeks, it appears that Javy Baez is on his way back to the bigs anytime now, and mammoth blasts like that will be a very welcome addition to the Cubs lineup. There was a lot of noise around the Cubs...
Via Sports Mockery
June 07, 2015  |  Discuss

Chicago Cubs: Javier Baez the key to SP trade

A shakeup in the starting lineup is the furthest thing on the minds of the Chicago Cubs. But as the team continues to prove the naysayers wrong by delivering competitiveness earlier than expected, trade talk will inevitably begin to stir the closer we get to the trading deadline. While the bullpen has regularly performed as a double threat with consistency and health issues,...
Via isportsweb.com
June 04, 2015  |  Discuss

Chicago Cubs getting creative to find a spot for Javier Baez

Throughout both his major and minor league career, Javier Baez has been shuffled around the diamond. The one constant has always been his bat. The Chicago Cubs drafted Baez as a shortstop with the ninth overall selection of the 2011 draft.  He moved from short and began working at second base in 2014 due to Starlin Castro‘s presence in Chicago. Now, beginning this week, he will...
Via OutsidePitchMLB
June 04, 2015  |  Discuss

Javier Baez Could Be Up Sooner Than Expected For The Chicago Cubs

It’s June, the Chicago Cubs are still over .500 and in playoff contention. They also have a young hitter who is looking for redemption after losing his starting job and being demoted to Triple-A. It wasn’t the best start of the year for Javier Baez, who entered spring training with questions about his plate approach hanging over his head. The ridiculously high strikeout rate...
Via Sports Mockery
June 04, 2015  |  Discuss

ICYMI: Constructing the Perfect Mets and Cubs Trade

Baseball analyst and former GM Jim Duquette came up with three potential scenarios in trying to construct the perfect Mets and Cubs trade in an article for MLB.com. He points out that Cubs general manager Jed Hoyer recently acknowledged that the two sides have had ongoing dialogue to see if there is a good fit. The Cubs of course are loaded with talented middle infielders, while...
Via Mets Merized Online
May 26, 2015  |  Discuss

Chicago Cubs: Javier Baez coming soon?

The new look Chicago Cubs are significantly powered by players age 25 or under. Rizzo, Castro, Bryant, Russell, Hendricks, and Soler are leading the resurgence. However, let’s not forget another key player refining his game at the AAA level. Javier Baez has the potential to be a significant addition to the major league club as the year goes on. Baez needs to continue to improve...
Via isportsweb.com
May 26, 2015  |  Discuss

Duquette: Constructing the Perfect Mets and Cubs Trade

Baseball analyst and former GM Jim Duquette came up with three potential scenarios in trying to construct the perfect Mets and Cubs trade in an article for MLB.com. He points out that Cubs general manager Jed Hoyer recently acknowledged that the two sides have had ongoing dialogue to see if there is a good fit. The Cubs of course are loaded with talented middle infielders, while...
Via Mets Merized Online
May 24, 2015  |  Discuss

REPORT: Chicago Cubs Ready To Trade 2 Top Prospects

A report from Jon Heyman of CBS Sports says the Chicago Cubs are willing to trade two of their top prospects. A recent story was written about Cubs’ GM Jed Hoyer saying that a trade with the New York Mets would happen eventually and now we at least know two names that may be on the table. Heyman says Javier Baez and Dan Vogelbach are on the table for teams looking to trade for...
Via Sports Mockery
May 23, 2015  |  Discuss

Minor League Recap: Baez Getting Back into the Swing of Things

  With the season wearing on, the affiliates are starting to normalize.  Players are starting to show some regression to their means, while others (like Dan Vogelbach and Kyle Schwarber) still have monster numbers fueled by early season video game-like performances.  In general, all of the teams are playoff competitors and should remain that way through the end of the season....
Via World Series Dreaming
May 15, 2015  |  Discuss
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