Javier Baez New York Mets

Age: 28 (December 01, 1992) | 6' 0" | 190lbs. | Bats: Right SS-56 OF-1 LF-1 DH-1 PH-9
CHC NL 2017 145 469 75 128 30 144 24 2 23 75 10 3 .273 .317 .480 6 29 .345 49/15/36 22 21
CHC NL 2018 160 606 101 176 29 167 40 9 34 111 21 9 .290 .326 .554 4 26 .347 46/22/32 42 38
CHC NL 2019 138 531 89 149 28 156 38 4 29 85 11 7 .281 .316 .531 5 28 .345 50/18/32 27 25
CHC NL 2020 59 222 27 45 7 75 9 1 8 24 3 0 .203 .238 .360 3 32 .262 50/18/32 9 10
CHC NL 2021 182 670 96 166 30 262 18 4 44 130 26 6 .248 .292 .484 4 36 .330 49/16/36 38 33
NYM NL 2021 94 334 64 100 26 106 18 0 18 44 10 4 .299 .371 .515 7 28 .390 44/24/32 19 19
Career 8yrs 1000 3542 531 937 184 1137 178 21 180 552 99 35 .265 .308 .479 5 30 .337 n/a
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I'll have to fix his Cubs stats at the end of the season.

Meanwhile the love keeps growing in Queens. Not so much in the Bronx.

Javier Baez (SS) NY-N - Sep. 10

Baez went 3-for-4 with a double, two RBI and a run scored in Friday's 10-3 win over the Yankees.

ROTOWIRE RECOMMENDS: Baez knocked an RBI single in the first inning and an RBI double in the fourth. It was already his fifth multi-hit game in September after producing three in August. Over his last eight games, the slugging infielder has gone 14-for-29 (.483) with six extra-base hits and seven RBI. Baez now owns an .807 OPS with 80 RBI through 472 plate appearances.

Alex Patton Alex
Sep 11

What offense the Mets could muster last night in Miami was mustered by Baez. Double and homer plus a stolen base in a 3-2 loss, with his teammates getting two other hits, Lindor going 0-for-4 with two K's in he leadoff spot.

For some totally peculiar reason, Javier's stats on the Cubs have again been doubled.

Alex Patton Alex
Sep 10


I mean his stats are fixed. Apparently he's not done in New York.

Alex Patton Alex
Sep 7

Very odd. I'll fix the Cubs stats later today.

Alex Patton Alex
Sep 7

Something odd with the Baez stat feed. Maybe doubled cubs numbers?

Kent Ostby Seadogs
Sep 7

We can probably rule out one free agent destination now.

Mike Landau ML-
Aug 30

What's with the thumbs down, Javy?

Answer: It's for the fans "to let them know when we don’t have success we are going to get booed, so they are going to get booed when we have success.”

Glad I asked.

Alex Patton Alex
Aug 30

Platinum sombreo.

Alex Patton Alex
Aug 6

As Keith Law says, the Cubs can always buy him back. It will be interesting to see what the rental fee is.


Moves to Mets
July 30, 2021
Baez was traded from the Cubs to the Mets in exchange for an undisclosed return Friday, Mark Feinsand of MLB.com reports.
The Mets add one of the biggest remaining rental bats with the move. Baez will presumably handle shortstop until Francisco Lindor returns from his oblique strain before one of the two (likely Baez) slides to second base. Baez certainly has his flaws as seen in his 36.3 percent strikeout rate -- the worst mark among qualified hitters by over four percentage points -- but he remains a very effective player despite his weaknesses. He's homered 22 times and stolen 13 bases to go along with a respectable .248 batting average this season.
Alex Patton Alex
Jul 30

Keith Law on the Rizzo deal:

The Cubs get a pair of faraway prospects with upside back, which is about the best they should have expected for a declining hitter at a position few teams needed and who is headed for free agency. Right-hander Alexander Vizcaíno has two plus pitches in a fastball up to 99 and a grade-70 changeup, working as a starter through 2019 and reaching High A. He was out until the start of July this year with a sore arm, and his return hasn’t gone well so far, with just six innings thrown across six appearances and 10 walks allowed in that span. He has a breaking ball, but it’s slurvy and clearly below average, and for him to be a starter he’ll have to tighten that up — and throw strikes again. The Yankees didn’t release details on his injury, but his control trouble this year makes me wonder if he’s completely recovered from whatever his arm ailment was.

Outfielder Kevin Alcantara debuted in the Gulf Coast League at age 16 back in 2019, and he wasn’t too bad given his age — he hit .260/.289/.358 but struck out only about 20 percent of the time, which is impressive for one of the league’s youngest players. He just returned to the field at the end of June in the same league, playing eight games so far and going 9-for-25 with four walks and seven strikeouts. The stat line doesn’t mean much in such a tiny sample, but it is good to see he’s not getting overmatched. He’s already filled out quite a bit since 2019, although there’s still a lot of room left on his 6-foot-6 frame, and his swing, always short and repeatable, is more under control. He’s a plus runner and projects to stay in center field and end up a 55 defender there, if not better. There’s plenty of variance in his outcomes, given his age and lack of pro experience — he’s up to 203 career PA now — but he has the upside of a 20-homer, high-average regular in center who plays above-average defense.

It’s probably the last thing Cubs fans want to hear, but at this point, they should really just trade Kris Bryant and Javier Báez for the best offers they receive. There’s nothing stopping them from re-signing any or all three of those guys in the winter — these are the Chicago Cubs, not the Cleveland Spiders; they have the revenue whether or not their owners acknowledge it — and dealing them could add more talent to a farm system that is improving but still below the major-league median after years of trades and lower draft positions. At least this time around, the Cubs’ owners were willing to pay the rest of Rizzo’s salary to get a better return. Doing so two more times, with Bryant and Báez, would help accelerate this rebuild.


Alex Patton Alex
Jul 30