Mon, 03 Mar 2014 09:02:04 -0800
Chicago Cubs SS Starlin Castro (hamstring) will sit out seven to 10 days after injuring his hamstring Sunday, March 2, according to manager Rick Renteria. Renteria said the team is choosing to be cautious with Castro at this time. "It's not too bad like last year," Castro said. "It (hurts) just a little bit. It's early right now. I'll take a couple days and be back again." 2Bs Darwin Barney and Emilio Bonifacio will see some time at shortstop in Castro's absence, and SS Javier Baez is slated to start Monday, March 3.
Fantasy Tip: Castro's price is already down because of his disappointing 2013 campaign. This news won't endear him to any more folks, even if it won't affect his availability for opening day. Take advantage of the value if you have faith in a rebound year for Castro.
Mon, 17 Feb 2014 16:43:41 -0800
Chicago Cubs SS Javier Baez is expected to start with Triple-A Iowa, and he's not putting a timetable on his arrival in the big leagues. The Cubs may test Baez at second and third base this spring, as well as shortstop. He's determined to show the club that he has improved on defense.
Thu, 13 Feb 2014 17:40:28 -0800
Chicago Cubs general manager Jed Hoyer said SS Starlin Castro will continue to be the team's starting shortstop even though SS Javier Baez is moving through the minor leagues. "Castro's our shortstop,'' Hoyer said. "We have all the confidence in the world he'll remain our shortstop. I think he'll keep working hard, keep improving. He knows there's still growth there. But [because] he turns 24 in March, he has time on his side. He can certainly play shortstop. Javy can also play shortstop as well." Baez is expected to receive time at second base and third base as well this season.
Fri, 06 Dec 2013 08:45:19 -0800
The Chicago Cubs believe in SS Javier Baez as a shortstop, but they'll move him around in spring training. He could be the starting second baseman by the end of June.
Fantasy Tip: Baez has big power and will be drafted in a lot of leagues. If he earns regular playing time, he could be a great mid-season addition to your fantasy team.
Thu, 05 Dec 2013 16:25:29 -0800
Chicago Cubs SS Javier Baez will stay at shortstop despite being blocked by SS Starlin Castro at the big league level. Baez was the team's first-round pick in 2011, and scouts are saying that Baez is such a good athlete that he could play any position. "At some point, creating options and creating versatility is a good thing," executive Theo Epstein said. "In Javy's case, he's got a tremendous combination of instincts and athleticism which makes us think he'll be a natural at playing other positions." Baez was the team's minor league player of the year last year after hitting .282 with 37 home runs and 111 RBIs at Single-A Daytona and Double-A Tennessee.
Thu, 19 Sep 2013 13:28:39 -0700
Chicago Cubs SS Javier Baez will skip the Arizona Fall League so that he can rest for next season. "He's emotionally and physically drained after the season," general manager Jed Hoyer said. "We have no problem with (him missing the AFL)." Baez was the team's Minor League Player of the Year after hitting .282 with 37 home runs and 111 RBIs in 130 games with Single-A Daytona and Double-A Tennessee this year.
Thu, 22 Aug 2013 14:19:26 -0700
Chicago Cubs SS Javier Baez and OF Albert Almora are unlikely to come up when rosters expand in September. Manager Dale Sveum doesn't see anyone being called up that isn't already on the 40-man roster. "The (Brian) Bogusevics and Sweeneys, and obviously (Donnie Murphy's) doing a heck of a job," Sveum said of the outlook for current roster players. "And yesterday's topic was getting (Anthony) Rizzo and (Starlin) Castro to where they go into the winter feeling a heck of a lot better than they did two days ago." OF Jorge Soler and 3B Mike Olt are both on the 40-man roster.
Fantasy Tip: Soler and Olt are your best options if you're speculating in NL-only leagues for the final month. They could contribute in deep mixed leagues, too, if they're given everyday playing time in the final month, but that's unlikely.
Sat, 06 Jul 2013 15:38:24 -0700
Chicago Cubs minor league SS Javier Baez has been promoted from Class A Daytona to Double-A Tennessee. In 24 games with Daytona, he hit .300 with a league-leading nine home runs and 28 runs scored.
Sat, 09 Mar 2013 15:16:41 -0800
Chicago Cubs SS Javier Baez and OF Jorge Soler are expected to be sent to minor league camp within the next week. "They are so raw they just have to play so many more baseball games before they're ready for this kind of big league pitching every day," manager Dale Sveum said. "Soler has been impressive to where he doesn't just go up there swinging. He has a pretty good idea. His poise in the outfield, for not playing a lot of games, it's pretty impressive." Baez and Soler are likely to start out at Class A Daytona and Sveum said it was unlikely that either player would reach the majors this year.
Thu, 28 Feb 2013 18:38:39 -0800
Chicago Cubs SS Javier Baez is expected to see more at-bats in spring training games because of the injury to SS Starlin Castro (hamstring).