It is the question that has no answer. No one knows when Jorge Soler and Javier Baez will be ready for The Show.

That won’t stop the media from asking Cubs players, coaches and executives. The fans that just sat through a 101-loss season and a century-plus championship drought certainly want to know. Everyone from baseball ops to the marketing department to the blogosphere has pinned their hopes on Soler and Baez.

The long look ended on a sunny, 80-degree Monday afternoon at Peoria Sports Complex, with Soler/Baez batting third/fourth in a 5-2 win over the San Diego Padres. Maybe that’s what the future will look like, but their time in big-league camp is over now.

Alfonso Soriano already sent the message to Soler, who has a major-league deal and a $30 million portfolio and was optioned to advanced Class-A Daytona (where Baez will likely be his teammate).

Soler recalled this conversation with the $136 million man through interpreter/staff assistant Franklin Font:

“Sori told me: No matter what kind of money you get, whatever your signing bonus is, you still got to work hard every single day. And when you go down to the minor leagues, you got to be the example for the young kids.”