The Mets are finalizing a commerce to acquire Cubs shortstop Javier Baez, in accordance with ESPN’s Jeff Passan.
The Mets may also be receiving right-handed aid pitcher Trevor Williams as half of the settlement. Per a number of reviews, Mets middle fielder Pete Crow-Armstrong—the organizations fifth-best prospect according to MLB.com—will probably be going to the Cubs.
The deal is pending medicals.
MLB Network’s Mark Feinsand first reported the commerce.
Baez, a two-time All-Star, will be a part of Francisco Lindor within the group’s infield. When requested earlier this week about his a potential future vacation spot, Baez told Mega 106.9 FM that if he went to free agency this summer, “I would like to play with Francisco Lindor.”
“I cherished taking part in with him within the World (Baseball) Basic,” Baez added, referring to the time they spent collectively on the Puerto Rican nationwide group. “It’s the solely choice I’d take to play second base whether it is to play with him, in any other case I keep taking part in at shortstop.”
Baez, 28, is one other participant from the 2016 Cubs World Collection group to be traded earlier than MLB’s commerce deadline. Earlier this week, the Cubs despatched first baseman Anthony Rizzo to the Yankees. On Friday, they dealt nearer Craig Kimbrel to the White Sox.
Baez struggled final season, hitting simply .203 and recording simply eight residence runs and 24 RBI. This season, he is seen an uptick in his manufacturing, batting .248 whereas recording 22 residence runs and 65 RBI. Nonetheless, he leads the Nationwide League in strikeouts with 131.
The Mets (54—47) at present sit atop the Nationwide League East and want to make their first postseason look since 2016, after they misplaced to Royals within the World Collection. The Cubs (50—54) sit fourth within the Nationwide League Central.
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