SS - CHC
Cubs star infielder Javier Baez was hit by a 94 mph pitch on his right hand/wrist today and exited the game.
This appears to just be precautionary, but we should know more after the game. Nevertheless, the situation is worth monitoring due to the nature of the injury. The 28-year-old currently ranks 60th in the latest expert consensus draft rankings.
Javier Baez says that he'll "probably" put a deadline on extension talks for the end of spring training. He also added that his preference is to work out a long-term deal with the Cubs.
Baez is part of a loaded shortstop free agent class following 2021. With the Cubs seemingly set for a rebuild it'll be interesting to see how aggressively they pursue Baez. Kris Bryant is also a free agent at year's end.
Javier Baez and the Cubs agreed to a one-year, $11.65 million deal to avoid arbitration.
This is a solid pay day for Baez, who is coming off of a brutal 2020 in which he hit .203 with a .598 OPS. He's a nice bounce back candidate for fantasy purposes as this was his final year arbitration eligibility.
Javier Baez went 1-for-4 in Game 1 of the Wild Card series against the Marlins on Wednesday, hitting a single. He also struck out twice a left two men on base in the 5-1 defeat.
Baez continues to hit seventh in the order and underperform. He's tough to roster in DFS on Thursday, given the other high-end shortstops available and his yearlong struggles.
Javier Baez went 2-for-5 on Friday against the White Sox, hitting a solo homer and a double. The Cubs won 10-0.
Baez had a big game that was much needed. At this point, all you can do is get him in your lineups and hope for the best. He may come at a discount in 2021.