With the trade deadline less than an hour away, the New York Mets are about to make a huge splash. As first reported by Andy Martino, and confirmed by others including ESPN’s Jeff Passan, the Mets are finalizing a trade to acquire Chicago Cubs shortstop Javier Baez.
Baez has been linked to New York for the past few weeks. Not only can he play shortstop during Francisco Lindor’s absence, he can move over to second base once Lindor returns from his oblique injury.
In 91 games this season, Baez has a .248 average with 22 homers and 65 RBI. That type of production will be welcomed with open arms in New York.
The official terms of this trade aren’t out at the moment. MLB insider Bob Nightengale is reporting that center fielder Pete Crow-Armstrong, one of the Mets’ top minor-league prospects, is heading to the Chicago as part of this deal. The Mets are also bringing in pitcher Trevor Williams to help their rotation depth.
BREAKING: The New York Mets are finalizing a trade to acquire shortstop Javier Baez from the Chicago Cubs, sources tell ESPN. Deal is pending medicals.
— Jeff Passan (@JeffPassan) July 30, 2021
Javier Baez is playing this season on a one-year contract, so he could be a rental for the Mets. His future with the franchise depends on how well he plays down the stretch and where he fits in the front office’s vision.
The Mets currently have a 3.5-game lead over the Philadelphia Phillies for first place in the NL East.
As for the Cubs, it’s pretty clear that they’re sellers at the deadline. They already shipped off first baseman Anthony Rizzo to the New York Yankees and closer Craig Kimbrel to the Chicago White Sox.