Mon, 20 Apr 2015 16:08:16 -0700
Chicago Cubs 2B Javier Baez has yet to play for Triple-A Iowa this year, as he remains on the bereavement list following the death of his 21-year-old sister.
Fantasy Tip: Baez was off to a rough spring training, which led to him starting the year in the minors. An unfortunate set of circumstances landed him on the bereavement list, and it's looking like it could take a while for him to earn a promotion back to the bigs. Addison Russell is taking grounders at second at Iowa, leading us to believe that he'll be up in the majors before Baez in 2015. Baez should only be stashed in NL-only leagues at this point.
Thu, 09 Apr 2015 15:31:37 -0700
Chicago Cubs 2B Javier Baez is taking a leave of absence from Triple-A Iowa after his sister died at the age of 21.
Fantasy Tip: Baez ($4,600, 9.2% of cap) had a rough spring and struggled to make much contact, which earned him a trip to the minors to start 2015. This is just another setback for him, and it doesn't help his goal of making it back to the bigs. In shallow mixed leagues, there's no reason you should be holding him on your roster right now.
Mon, 30 Mar 2015 09:53:48 -0700
Chicago Cubs 2B Javier Baez was optioned to Triple-A Iowa Monday, March 30, and 3B Kris Bryant and SS Addison Russell were assigned to minor league camp.
Fantasy Tip: Baez, unlike Bryant, really struggled to make consistent contact this spring. It could be a while before the Cubbies bring him back up, as they'll likely want to see him cut down on his swings and misses. Bryant, on the other hand, could be up very soon after the first week or so of the regular season. Both Bryant and Baez should remain owned in all formats. The moves assure that Arismendy Alcantara ($3,500, 7.0% of cap) will see consistent playing time on the infield to start the year, and he'll be a sneaky FantasyScore play in the early going. Alcantara is worth a gamble in the later rounds of deep mixed leagues.
Tue, 24 Mar 2015 17:37:19 -0700
Chicago Cubs 2B Javier Baez said Tuesday, March 24, he's been told he'll be on the opening day roster. A team official confirmed that Baez was told he'll make the team as the second baseman. Baez is 5-for-39 with 14 strikeouts this spring.
Fantasy Tip: Baez's huge strikeout rate is likely to make him a batting average liability, but he has monster power. His middle infield eligibility could lead drafters to reach on his potential, but it's best not to overdraft him given the risk of him being overwhelmed by big league pitching. His upside does make him worth a late-round pick if he falls, though.
Mon, 09 Mar 2015 13:46:04 -0700
Chicago Cubs SS Javier Baez is 0-for-8 with four strikeouts this spring after fanning all three times Sunday, March 8, but manager Joe Maddon is blaming himself for Baez's slow start. "He's thinking too much," Maddon said. "He's getting a lot of information from all of us, and I think at some point, sometimes it's our fault. I just want to leave him along and let him play." Maddon said Baez is a very strong candidate to win the starting second base job. Maddon plans to be patient with the team's youngsters early this year.
Fantasy Tip: Baez is a sexy fantasy baseball pick this year in the middle rounds. His 30-homer potential is very intriguing, but his poor plate discipline is definitely concerning. That hurts his chance at helping you out in the BA department, but having eligibility at shortstop and second base will be nice. Don't reach too far for him because of the prospect hype.
Thu, 22 Jan 2015 09:29:24 -0800
Chicago Cubs SS Javier Baez has gone 0-for-9 with six strikeouts in two games of the playoffs in the Puerto Rico winter league. He also struck out 21 times in 43 at-bats during the regular season.
Mon, 19 Jan 2015 15:30:45 -0800
Chicago Cubs SS Javier Baez could play some third base during spring training.
Sun, 18 Jan 2015 06:49:58 -0800
Chicago Cubs SS Javier Baez will have to earn his playing time this season, according to general manager Jed Hoyer. "Javy has to make some adjustments, that's obvious. Certainly, he's a guy (who) has to earn his playing time. I don't think there's any question about that," Hoyer said Saturday, Jan. 17.
Fri, 16 Jan 2015 16:25:55 -0800
Chicago Cubs SS Javier Baez has lost 15 pounds in the offseason.
Wed, 03 Dec 2014 16:17:26 -0800
Chicago Cubs SS Javier Baez will begin playing winter ball for Santurce in Puerto Rico Thursday, Dec. 11, according to team officials.