Javier Baez RUMORS & NEWS

  • Javier Baez on schedule to rejoin Cubs soon

    Chicago Tribune "Despite a 2-for-11 start, infielder Javier Baez remains on schedule to rejoin the Chicago Cubs perhaps as soon as before the end of his homestand. "He’s getting close," manager Joe Maddon said of Baez, 23, who has played three games on a minor league rehabilitation assignment for Triple-A Iowa...." April 14

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    Patrick Mooney @CSNMooney

    #Cubs announce Javier Baez will begin the season on the 15-day disabled list with a left thumb contusion.

  • Should the Cubs hold Soler and Baez?

    Baseball Essential "For most of the offseason, Jorge Soler and Javier Baez have not been able to go a week without seeing their names tied up in trade rumors. The outfielder and middle infielder for the Chicago Cubs have been linked (or at least speculated about) in talks to starting pitchers like Shelby Miller,..." December 14

  • Rays targeting Cubs' Baez at winter meetings

    Tampa Bay Times "The Rays came to the winter meetings promising to think big, and they appear to have done so in targeting power-hitting Cubs infielder Javier Baez as the leading trade candidate to boost their offense. The Rays would trade from their surplus of pitching, likely a starter, if a deal can be made...." December 08

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    Gordon Wittenmyer @GDubCub

    Source: Cubs close to deal for Shelby Miller. Braves would get Baez (after talks shifted from Soler).

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    Julie DiCaro @JulieDiCaro

    #Cubs interested in Kevin Gausman, BAL interested in both Soler and Baez.

  • Rays said to be targeting Javier Baez in talks with Cubs

    Tampa Bay Times "The Rays trade talks with the 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..." December 07

  • Cubs' Javier Baez to play CF in Puerto Rico

    Chicago Tribune "In an effort to increase his versatility and perhaps give the Chicago Cubs another option, Javier Baez will play center field in Puerto Rico in a few weeks. President Theo Epstein revealed that Baez, 23, who has played shortstop throughout most of his career before moving to second base in 2014..." December 04

  • Padres like Cubs power prospect Javier Baez; teams have talked

    CBS Sports "The Padres, looking for shortstop, infielders, lefty bats and young controllable pieces while soliciting offers for just about anyone, have talked to the Padres about slugging prospect Javier Baez. There's potential for a match with the Padres, and the sides have had discussions in recent..." July 29

  • Report: Cubs trying for Cole Hamels; Offering Starlin Castro, Javier Baez

    Baseball Essential "The Chicago Cubs have shown interest in Cole Hamels and have recently scouted him, as I wrote for Baseball Essential, but do the two teams have what it takes to complete a deal? With their deep farm system, the Cubs are well positioned to make a run at Hamels. The Cubs, however, prefer not to..." July 24

  • Cubs hope Javier Baez will be returning soon

    CSN Chicago "The Cubs are hopeful Javier Baez will soon return to the game that could become a sanctuary for him. Baez has been on an extended leave of absence from Triple-A Iowa since his younger sister, Noely, died on April 8. Baez was exceptionally close with Noely, who was born with spina bifida and..." April 22

  • Cubs prospect Javier Baez taking leave of absence

    ESPN Chicago "Chicago Cubs prospect Javier Baez is taking a bereavement leave of absence from Triple-A Iowa because of a death in his family, the organization confirmed on Thursday. Noely Baez, Javier's sister, died at the age of 21. She was born with spina bifida, and Javier helped out with her care." April 09

  • Joe Maddon Denies Report Indicating Javier Baez Already Told He’d Made the Team

    Bleacher Nation "This is one of those things that has the potential to get a little sticky thanks to the inherent game of telephone, but Chicago Cubs manager Joe Maddon apparently wasn’t buying yesterday’s report that Javier Baez has already been told he’s made the team as the second baseman. The report was..." March 25

  • Javy Baez told he'll make Cubs' roster despite strikeout woes

    Chicago Sun-Times "Maybe it’s not a complete reversal of the tough talk by the Cubs’ front office and new manager Joe Maddon, who said there wouldn’t be any entitlement programs in camp. But struggling, strikeout-prone Javy Baez said Tuesday he has been told with two weeks left in camp that he will be on the..." March 25

  • Cubs: No ‘entitlement program’ for Javier Baez

    CSN Chicago "Joe Maddon repeated part of a question the Cubs already answered this winter, when they said Javier Baez wouldn’t be handed a job. “Of course, there’s a chance he doesn’t make the team,” Maddon said. “There’s no lock in regard to that. I talked about the entitlement program. It doesn’t exist...." March 20

  • Cubs prospects Soler, Baez, Bryant put on show with back-to-back-to-back HRs

    MLB.com "Jorge Soler, Javier Baez and Kris Bryant put on a home run derby in the fourth inning Tuesday that Cubs fans are hoping to see a lot in the regular season. Soler led off the power show against the Indians' Trevor Bauer with a mammoth shot to left that landed on the concourse behind the grassy..." March 11

  • Cubs and Javier Baez trying unique ways to improve offensive approach

    SI "When Cubs second baseman Javier Baez took his cuts against new teammate Jon Lester in live batting practice last Friday, something very big was missing. Baez hit without his pronounced leg kick, when he lifts his front knee about waist high. Instead, Baez simply lifted his left heel off the..." March 03

  • Cubs' prospect Baez excels in second base debut

    Chicago Tribune "In a move that could signal one of the final steps to a major league promotion, Chicago Cubs marquee prospect Javier Baez made his first start Thursday night at second base for Triple-A Iowa at Round Rock. Baez, 21, played flawlessly at second base after playing shortstop in 284 minor league..." July 18

  • Cubs: Starlin Castro looks forward to playing with Javier Baez

    CSN Chicago "There’s no rivalry between Starlin Castro and Javier Baez. The Cubs don’t have to choose between their $60 million shortstop and Baseball America’s No. 5 overall prospect. Castro remembers how Alfonso Soriano looked after him as a rookie in 2010. Baez understands his place in the clubhouse and..." March 05

  • Cubs invite Baez, Bryant, Almora to camp

    ESPN "Top prospects Javier Baez, Kris Bryant and Albert Almora are among 24 non-roster players invited to spring training by the Chicago Cubs, the team announced on Friday. Baez, a shortstop who is expected to open the season at Triple-A Iowa, is ranked as the No. 7 prospect in baseball by MLB.com...." January 24

  • Cubs looking to the future with Starlin Castro and Javier Baez

    CSN Chicago "Cubs fans and the Chicago media will dissect the relationship between Rick Renteria and Starlin Castro. Renteria knew the Castro questions would be coming during Thursday’s meet-and-greet session at Wrigley Field. The new Cubs manager already made it a priority to reach out to the franchise..." December 06

  • Marlins and Cubs could discuss a swap of big-time prospects

    CBS Sports "Officials from the Cubs and Marlins both agree they may have something to talk about. The Cubs have a stockpile of high-end position prospects and the Marlins have a long list of fine young pitchers. Prospect-for-prospect deals are rare because they require a strong stomach. Needless to say,..." November 13

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    Chicago Cubs @Cubs

    #Cubs today named IF Javier Baez and RHP Kyle Hendricks the organization’s Minor League Player and Pitcher of the Year respectively.

  • Sveum eager to view prospects in AFL

    Chicago Tribune "Living in Arizona in the offseason will give manager Dale Sveum the luxury of watching top Cubs prospects Javier Baez Albert Almora Jorge Soler and Kris Bryant play in the Arizona Fall League for Mesa. And Sveum will be able to weigh many options based on the fact some players such as Baez will..." August 28

  • Cubs to ponder position switch for Baez

    ESPN "The decision about where to play top prospect Javier Baez is looming as he continues his rise through the Chicago Cubs organization. Baez the Cubs' top pick in the 2011 draft has been on a tear at Double-A Tennessee after being promoted from Single-A earlier this season. He's played..." August 08

  • Cubs watching the evolution of Javier Baez

    CSN Chicago "The Cubs have seen enough of “The Cardinal Way,” the 95 mph heat from Shelby Miller, the legs flying at Starlin Castro and a relentless lineup that Jeff Samardzija said has no weaknesses. Javier Baez isn’t ready to be thrown into the fire of this rivalry and perform in front of some 45,000 fans..." June 22

  • Cubs hope Baez can create sense of 'Puig-mania'

    CSN Chicago "The Cubs talk a lot about the future, but it can be hard to see, like the iconic center-field scoreboard that almost disappeared in the fog on Monday night at Wrigley Field. Rooftop buildings became almost unrecognizable, with the bottom of the scoreboard only visible through the glow of..." June 11

  • Javier Baez's 4-homer game at Daytona overshadows Cubs' latest loss

    Chicago Tribune "Before the season, President Theo Epstein said Cubs fans shouldn't just look at the team's record as a true measure of their success. "There should be two areas of focus," he said. "One is the big league team. Do we succeed or fail? And one is on the organization. There is just no other way to..." June 11

  • Cubs may not have to wait long for Baez

    USA Today "Let's jump right into it this week, starting with Puerto Rican native shortstop Javier Baez, who was selected by the Chicago Cubs in first round (ninth overall) of the 2011 draft. Just 20 years old, Baez began the season at High-A Daytona, hitting with good power the first month going..." May 06

  • Cubs: Soler and Baez get a taste for The Show

    CSN Chicago "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..." March 19

  • One day, Javier Baez could give the Cubs some swagger

    CSN Chicago "The legend of Javier Baez is only going to continue to grow, because soon he will to disappear into minor-league camp. He’ll live on through Twitter, box scores and the stories told by club officials. It will be obsession from afar by Cubs fans and the Chicago media. It’s too soon to start The..." March 18

  • Cubs' Baez on HR spurt: 'Seeing the ball pretty good'

    Chicago Tribune "He's only 20, but even Javier Baez said what he has done the last two days is "amazing." The Cubs' future shortstop hit a home run Saturday on the first pitch he saw, giving him three homers on three pitches in three straight at-bats. And then he hit another one later that is one of the..." March 17

  • Baez homers but Cubs lose 9-2 to Indians

    Chicago Tribune "In his first big league camp, 20-year-old Javier Baez is making things look easy. Baez homered for the second time and went 2-for-3 Saturday in a 9-2 loss to the Indians, increasing his spring average to .360 and his slugging percentage to .640. Baez is tied for the team lead with six RBIs, and..." March 10

  • Cubs young shortstop Javier Baez waits in the wings

    Chicago Sun-Times "Javier Baez has a quick bat and a lot to learn. The Cubs’ 20-year-old shortstop is unfazed by the competition of major-league training camps — he hit a home run and drove in three runs against the Milwaukee Brewers on Sunday. But big-league training camps aren’t fazed by him, ­either. He..." March 05

  • Baez shot has heads shaking

    Chicago Tribune "Top prospect Javier Baez nearly took Dee Gordon's head off with a one-hop shot up the middle that glanced off the shortstop's glove in Wednesday's 11-7 loss to the Dodgers. "I've probably seen balls hit as hard," manager Dale Sveum said. "But I don't think I've ever seen a ball hit harder. I..." February 28

  • Cubs triple threat

    Chicago Tribune "And so it begins. On a cool, sunny Saturday alongside scenic Interstate 10, the Cubs played their first game with real promise since August 2009, when the worm turned for Lou Piniella. It didn't matter, of course, but it did suggest that you won't have to wait another lifetime before there is..." February 24

  • Shortstop prospect Javy Baez already on Cubs’ radar

    Chicago Sun-Times "The story is nearing legendary status as it circulates among scouts and Cubs officials — and as Javy Baez rises in prominence with every new list of prospect rankings that gets published. It seems that during an event honoring a group of elite high school players a couple of years ago, players..." February 24

  • Cubs eager to take a longer look at Soler, Baez

    CSN Chicago "Jorge Soler pulled his white SUV into the spot reserved for Cubs chairman Tom Ricketts. Javier Baez parked his white Mercedes-Benz right next to it. The two big-name prospects haven’t taken over the place yet. They made an extra stop for a few minutes after Wednesday’s rain-shortened workout as..." February 21