Rumor: Javier Baez to Mets could become a reality if Francisco Lindor injury is serious
Chicago Cubs infielder Javier Baez could be on the trade market ahead of July 31st. While Kris Bryant seems to be the main name who could be on his way out of Wrigley, Baez to the Mets rumors are heating up after Francisco Lindor’s injury on Friday night.
Lindor left in the fifth inning with an apparent injury on his right side, but the severity of it isn’t quite known yet. However, if he does miss substantial time, the Mets could very well make a move for Baez to fill his spot at shortstop for the time being, according to Buster Olney:
If Lindor's injury is relatively serious — those oblique injuries can take 4-to-6 weeks — then Javier Baez could be a perfect match for the Mets. He could hold down shortstop initially, and then move to second or third later, in keeping with his career-long versatility.
— Buster Olney (@Buster_ESPN) July 17, 2021
As we know, Baez is versatile enough to play all over the infield. Once Lindor returns, he could either play the hot corner at times or give New York an extremely talented up-the-middle duo at second base.
Baez is hitting .241 this season with 21 homers and 56 RBI’s, but he has struck out a league-worst 116 times so far. But, you can’t deny the stellar defense he brings to the table. The Cubs infielder has ridiculous range, soft hands, and an absolute cannon for an arm. He would undoubtedly fit with a Mets team that is looking to make some noise in the NL.
Chicago has voiced recently they want to extend Baez instead of trading him as he becomes a free agent in the offseason. But, we’ll have to ultimately see if that happens. I couldn’t imagine they’d be thrilled to trade him to a rival like the Mets.