Javier Baez Halts Contract Talk with Cubs

Andy Webb
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Chicago Cubs shortstop Javier Baez has decided to put his contract negotiations with the organization on hold, according to ESPN.

The 27-year-old infielder wants to stay with the team long-term, but is stopping contract talk with the league currently shutdown.

Baez has reportedly had “really good” conversations with the team about a potential deal, but the two sides haven’t discussed any further since camp was stopped. The good news is, Baez is under contract through 2021, so it’s not urgent issue. However, the Cubs would love to lock up the two-time All-Star as early as possible. Baez appears to be happy in Chicago and wants to come to a long-term agreement with the organization.

Should the Cubs Extend Baez?

The obvious answer is yes, but can the Cubs actually afford to keep Baez around? The organization has already dished out big deals to Yu Darvish, Jason Heyward and Craig Kimbrel. The Cubs would likely be looking at losing third basemen Kris Bryant if they sign Baez to a massive extension. Sadly, the Cubs cannot afford to keep all their young stars, so they must pick and choice which to keep for the long haul.

Baez is coming off a season where he slashed .281/.316/.561 with 29 home runs and 85 runs knocked in through 138 games in 2019. He has seen his WAR increase each of the last three seasons. At the end of the day, the Cubs may end up benefiting more from Baez than they would with Bryant.

Right now, Baez is stopping contract talk until baseball activities resume. Both sides want to make sure they agree on a fair deal, so this fairs to be a smart move. It sounds like both Baez and the Cubs organization want to reach a long-term agreement. Cubs fans shouldn’t panic, because it sounds like Baez wants to stay in Chicago for the long haul.

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