Javier Baez Involved in Trade Talks Between Cubs and Rays

The Chicago Cubs currently have an over crowded infield that features Addison Russell and Starlin Castro at second base and shortstop and of course Kris Bryant at third base, leaving little space for power-hitting infield prospect Javier Baez to play.

Starlin Castro has been the most rumored Cubs in trade talks the past years largely in part because of Baez and other Cubs prospects, but with Baez being a career .201 hitter with 10 home runs and 24 runs batted in through 289 at-bats, the Cubs are discussing him in trade talks.

From the Tampa Bay Times:

The Rays’ trade talks with the Chicago Cubs are said to be focused on getting INF Javier Baez in return for pitching, a major-league source told the Times.

Baez, 23, would provide the kind of young impact bat the Rays seek. He has played parts of the last two seasons with the Cubs after starring in the minors.

The Rays have pitching depth to deal from – either of their two late-inning relievers, Jake McGee or Brad Boxberger, and a starter from the group of Drew Smyly, Matt Moore, Jake Odorizzi and Erasmo Ramirez.

There is no confirmation of any deal, or a clear sense of how far along they are or likely to reach agreement.

It should also be noted that Baez is also working on center field over the Winter, a position the Cubs need a lot in, so that could push the Cubs to hang onto Baez.

Baez is still 23-years-old, and his power numbers are through the charts as well as his power. If the Cubs can be a patient, Baez could end up to be extremely versatile with them and a solid hitter if he adjusts.

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