Chicago Cubs president of baseball operations Jed Hoyer said earlier this week that it's "financially impossible" to keep Kris Bryant, Anthony Rizzo and Javier Baez, who all are on expiring contracts, past the 2021 season.
It's unclear if any of them will re-sign with the Cubs. However, one player made it known that he wants to remain with the franchise beyond the upcoming season.
Baez said Thursday that he doesn't want to play for another team, according to MLB.com's Jordan Bastian. The 28-year-old also said he "obviously" wants to stay with the Cubs.
Baez: "I don't want to play for another team."— Jordan Bastian (@MLBastian) February 26, 2021
Javy Baez: "Obviously, I want to stay here."— Jordan Bastian (@MLBastian) February 26, 2021
Said they've been talking about an extension on/off for the past few springs. Expects to have that conversation again this preseason.
Baez will become an unrestricted free agent after the 2021 season. The two-time All-Star has spent his entire seven-year career with the Cubs, slashing .264/.304/.473.
It's unclear what kind of deal Baez is looking for, but if the Cubs don't give it to him, another team certainly will.