Mets acquire two-time All-Star Javier Baez from Cubs
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Chicago Cubs star Javier Baez is headed to the New York Mets, part of the blockbuster deal ahead of the MLB trade deadline.

Baez, who rejected a contract extension earlier this year, became an obvious trade candidate with the Cubs aggressively selling. Once Anthony Rizzo and Craig Kimbrel were dealt, a Baez trade became inevitable for Chicago.

The Athletic’s Ken Rosenthal first reported the Mets and Cubs were progressing further in negotiations. Minutes later, ESPN’s Jeff Passan shared that a blockbuster trade for Baez was being finalized.

Baez, a free agent this offseason, fills an immediate need for the Mets. Francisco Lindor landed on the injured list July 17 with an oblique strain. With the All-Star shortstop expected to be sidelined for a few more weeks, New York finds its short-term replacement.

Once Lindor returns, Baez will shift over to second base. While the 28-year-old hasn’t played the position since 2018, he has more than 1,800 innings at second and is also capable of playing third base.

The Mets are also receiving right-handed pitcher Trevor Williams. Across 58.2 innings this season, 12 starts, he holds a 5.06 ERA with a 1.53 WHIP, but the Mets might be able to get some effective innings out of him at a time when multiple starters are on the injured list.

The trade will become official once players pass their physicals.

This article first appeared on Sportsnaut and was syndicated with permission.

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