Mets to trade for Cubs shortstop Javier Baez?

In today's look into Mets trade rumors and news, the New York Mets could look to the Chicago Cubs' wealth of shortstops in an attempt to swing a potential trade before the July 31st non-waiver deadline.

Per 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 hitting .240 with 14 home runs and 55 RBIs at Triple-A Iowa this season, stuck in the middle of the Cubs' organizational depth chart at the position right between All-Star Starlin Castro and super-prospect Addison Russell.

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.

In the process, the Mets would pick up their own potential game-changing middle infielder to facilitate improvement in both the short-term and the long-term.


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