Javier Baez is headed from the Windy Metropolis to the Huge Apple.
The Mets are finalizing a deal to snag the infielder amid the Cubs’ commerce deadline hearth sale on Friday, together with pitcher Trevor Williams, in line with a number of experiences on Friday.
The commerce is pending medical overview, with outfielder Pete Crow Armstrong — the Mets’ 2020 first-round draft decide — going to Chicago.
Baez seemingly turns into the Mets’ shortstop as Francisco Lindor heals up from a stint on the IL with a proper indirect pressure. When the $341 million star returns to the lineup, Baez would shift to second base – a transfer he’s already mentioned he’d be cool with.
“If I’m going to free company, I’d prefer to play with Francisco Lindor,” Baez mentioned Tuesday throughout an interview with Mega 106.9 FM. “I liked taking part in with him within the [2017 World Baseball Classic]. That’s the one possibility I’d take to play second base.”
Lindor was hyped to see his Puerto Rico teammate be a part of the trigger in Queens, writing “Heeeeeellllllll Yeeeeeeeaaaaa” above the information on his Instagram story.
The aren’t the one as soon as excited concerning the transfer.
“At all times been an enormous fan,” supervisor Luis Rojas mentioned of Baez. “He’s a man that if he goes 0-for-4 he can beat you together with his glove or on the bottom paths.”
The 28-year-old Gold Glove infielder has swatted 22 homers this season whereas batting .292 and driving in 65 runs over 91 video games with Chicago. He’s slated to enter free company on the finish of the 2021 season.