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Breaking News: Javier Baez to the Mets

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First reported by SNY’s Andy Martino, Chicago Cubs shortstop Javier Baez and right-handed starting pitcher Trevor Williams are headed to the New York Mets. In return, the Mets are sending a prospect named Pete Crow-Armstrong, a center fielder for the St. Lucie Mets (single A affiliate of the New York Mets). 

Javier Baez is a huge pickup for the Mets, as he is one of the best shortstops in the game and he will be filling in for the injured Francisco Lindor, who is also among the best shortstops in the MLB. Baez is a free agent after this season, so it is unclear whether he will be playing in New York beyond 2021 at the current moment. Nevertheless, the arrival of Javier Baez could be the move that ends up propelling the New York Mets towards a deep run in October.

Javier Baez has been an elite shortstop for a long time, and since 2017, he has a hitting split of .269/.307/.502 and 116 home runs in 2,310 plate appearances. In 2018, Baez won a silver slugger award and finished second in NL MVP voting. In 2019, Baez moved to exclusively playing shortstop, and he was rewarded with a gold glove award at the position in 2020. His previous experience at third base and second base could be valuable if he were to play alongside Lindor past 2021. In that scenario, the Mets would probably move Jeff Mcneil to the outfield to accommodate both Baez and Lindor. 

Trevor Williams will also help out the Mets if they continue to have their regular starting pitchers unavailable. Williams has a 5.06 ERA and a 1.534 WHIP, so he could either be a temporary starter or a long reliever in the bullpen. Overall, this is a very good trade for the Mets and it should improve their campaign to secure the NL East and try to reach the world series in October. 

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