Report: Cubs and Rays Discussing Javier Baez

It was reported late Sunday night by Marc Topkin of the Tampa Bay Times that the Cubs and Rays were discussing a possible trade that would involve infielder Javier Baez

The 23-year-old struggled in his first season in the bigs back in 2014, but had a much better albeit brief 2015 campaign hitting .289/.325/.408 in 28 games. The biggest concern that comes with him is his ability to hit for average and his extreme strikeout numbers both in the minors and majors. With both Starlin Castro and Addison Russell manning the middle infield positions for the Cubs, there just isn’t really a spot for Javier Baez.

Speculation is that the Rays would have to send a pitcher or two to the Cubs to complete the trade and one of those pitchers would likely be reliever Jake McGee. While the Rays setup man is a valuable asset, you have to give to get. Tampa Bay has hardly anything at either 2nd base or shortstop and Javier Baez would likely be thrust into an immediate starting role. Brad Miller is likely to handle the shortstop duties which would means the young Puerto Rican would get the 2nd base job.

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