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Javier Baez | Second Baseman | #9

Team: Chicago Cubs
Age / DOB:  (23) / 12/1/1992
Ht / Wt:  6'0" / 190
Bats / Throws: Right / Right
College: None
Drafted: 2011 / Rd. 1 (9) / CHC
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Javier Baez will play his first game in center field on Friday evening with his winter league club in Puerto Rico.
With Addison Russell entrenched at shortstop and Ben Zobrist expected to see most of his action at second base, it would benefit Baez to prove his versatility. The Cubs have also discussed Baez in trade talks as there is seemingly no clear path to playing time for him in Chicago. Fri, Dec 18, 2015 07:22:00 PM

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Marc Topkin of the Tampa Bay Times reports that the Rays are engaged in trade talks with the Cubs that currently center around infielder Javier Baez.

Topkin suggests that the Cubs would want a late-inning reliever like Jake McGee or Brad Boxberger, and a starter like Drew Smyly, Matt Moore, Jake Odorizzi, or Erasmo Ramirez in return. Baez has incredible bat speed and gaudy minor league numbers, but he is currently without a starting position in Chicago with Addison Russell at shortstop and Starlin Castro at second base. There's been some talk of trying Baez in center field if he is not moved this winter.
Mon, Dec 7, 2015 09:06:00 AM

Javier Baez will see some playing time in center field in the Puerto Rican Winter League.

"Makes sense to do it when we have a bit of a hole in center field," president of baseball operations Theo Epstein said Friday. Baez has never played in the outfield as a pro, but he's a great athlete and should be able to handle the position. The more likely scenario is probably the Cubs trading Starlin Castro to free up a starting job for Baez, but this could give the club another option.
Fri, Dec 4, 2015 03:56:00 PM

Javier Baez will bat ninth in Game 3 of the NLCS against the Mets on Tuesday.

Aside from Baez moving from eighth to ninth in the order, the only other change has Jorge Soler in right field in place of Chris Coghlan. The full lineup: Dexter Fowler CF, Kyle Schwarber LF, Kris Bryant 3B, Anthony Rizzo 1B, Starlin Castro 2B, Soler RF, Miguel Montero C, Kyle Hendricks P, Baez SS. Jacob deGrom will start for New York.
Tue, Oct 20, 2015 02:43:00 PM

Javier Baez is starting at second base and batting seventh Tuesday night against the Reds.

It'll be his first game at the major league level this season. Baez was a huge disappointment for the Cubs in 2014, but he has continued to post eye-popping numbers this year in the minors and it looks like he'll have a shot at regular playing time down the stretch if he gets off to a hot start. The 22-year-old should be owned in most mixed leagues.
Tue, Sep 1, 2015 04:48:00 PM

Cubs recalled INF Javier Baez from Triple-A Iowa.

Baez has batted .324/.385/.527 with 13 home runs, 61 RBI, and 17 steals over 70 games in Triple-A this season and has been especially hot of late. Strikeouts were a major issue for him during his time with the Cubs last year, but it looks like he could get the opportunity to take over the second base job. He's worth a try in most mixed fantasy leagues.
Tue, Sep 1, 2015 10:28:00 AM

Cubs SS prospect Javier Baez extended his hitting streak to 16 games Sunday with four knocks for Triple-A Iowa.

The 22-year-old began the streak at .282 but now his average is all the way up to .324. Baez sports a tidy .391 on base percentage in 328 plate appearances this year with 18 steals on 21 attempts. The former first-round pick should join the Cubs when rosters expand on Tuesday.
Source: MILB.com
Mon, Aug 31, 2015 02:59:00 PM

According to Patrick Mooney of CSNChicago.com, infield prospect Javier Baez is expected to be in the Cubs' first wave of September callups.

And it seems very possible that he could position himself for regular starts at second base. Starlin Castro and Tommy La Stella have been playing there with Addison Russell recently taking over at shortstop. Baez, 22, is batting .316/.380/.530 with 13 home runs, 60 RBI, and 17 stolen bases in 67 games this season at the Triple-A level. He'll be worth trying out in most mixed fantasy leagues.
Sat, Aug 29, 2015 07:25:00 PM

Cubs manager Joe Maddon said Monday that there are no immediate plans to promote Javier Baez.

Jorge Soler's oblique injury has opened some playing time at second base because Chris Coghlan will have to move back to the outfield, but Baez isn't being considered as an option yet. That could change when rosters expand on September 1. Baez, 22, is batting .304/.372/.518 with 12 home runs, 55 RBI, and 15 stolen bases in 62 games this season at the Triple-A level.
Mon, Aug 24, 2015 12:36:00 PM

Cubs SS prospect Javier Baez blasted two home runs Tuesday in a win for Triple-A Iowa.

it was his first game back in Triple-A after missing close to two months with a broken finger. Tuesday marked Baez's third multi-homer game of 2015. He's dominated the minor leagues this season, hitting .325 across 157 at-bats while posting a stellar .399 on base percentage. The 22-year-old has come up in trade rumors and could be dealt ahead of Friday's deadline. Starlin Castro, the Cubs' current shortstop, could also be available.
Source: MILB.com
Wed, Jul 29, 2015 04:27:00 PM

CBS Sports' Jon Heyman reports that the Padres have discussed Javier Baez with the Cubs.

FOX Sports' Jon Morosi reported on Monday that they've also talked to the Cubs about Starlin Castro as they look for a long-term solution at shortstop. The Cubs are interested in a few of the Padres' starters, namely Tyson Ross and Andrew Cashner, so the two sides could be a match. Baez has spent all season at Triple-A Iowa, batting .317/.387/.572 with 10 homers over 38 games in an injury-shortened campaign.
Wed, Jul 29, 2015 02:39:00 PM

Javier Baez (finger) is performing the full range of baseball activities in Arizona.

Baez should soon begin playing in games for one of the Cubs' low-level minor league affiliates -- probably one in Arizona. He's been out of commission for Triple-A Iowa since June 7 due to a fractured left ring finger. The 22-year-old infield prospect could help the Cubs by the end of season, even if it's only in a role as a bench bat.
Tue, Jul 21, 2015 05:34:00 PM

Javier Baez (finger) has been cleared to swing a bat.

Baez fractured his left ring finger on June 7. He's progressing in his rehab, but there's still no timetable for his return, and it's very possible that he'll be activated at the Triple-A level, rather than the MLB one.
Fri, Jul 10, 2015 03:07:00 PM

Javier Baez (finger) is set to resume his rehab at the Cubs' spring training complex in Mesa, Arizona.

Baez sustained a fractured left ring finger on June 7, and he's been sidelined ever since. The infielder isn't even guaranteed that he'll return to the Cubs once healthy, as he'd been demoted prior to the injury.
Source: MLBlogs.com
Wed, Jun 24, 2015 08:14:00 PM

Cubs prospect Javier Baez sustained a fractured left ring finger while sliding into second base on a stolen base attempt in Sunday's game at Triple-A Iowa.

The initial estimation is that he'll miss anywhere between 4-8 weeks. It's certainly a big blow to fantasy owners in redraft leagues who had been waiting for Baez to get his shot with the Cubs. Aside from keeper formats, he can safely be dropped at this point.
Sun, Jun 7, 2015 07:37:00 PM