In this look into Cubs trade rumors and news, we assess the possibility of the Chicago Cubs trading one of their cache of talented young shortstops to the New York Mets before the July 31st non-waiver deadline.
According to Alex Rubin of ESPN New York, "the acquisition of highly regarded prospect Addison Russell in the trade for Jeff Samardzija and Jason Hammel gives the Chicago Cubs a glut of young shortstops. While that ultimately may lead the Cubs to deal Starlin Castro, who is signed through 2019 at salaries that escalate to $11 million, 21-year-old Javier Baez is believed to be a more realistic target for the Mets."
Baez is currently hitting .240 with 14 home runs and 55 RBIs at Triple-A Iowa this season, finding himself right between incumbent MLB starter Starlin Castro and super-prospect Addison Russell on the organizational depth chart.
The Mets could very well take advantage of this logjam, picking up Baez while helping contribute to the Cubs' long-term rebuilding process at other positions such as pitcher.
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