The Chicago Cubs may have shown their hand on what position they want Javier Baez to play when he is promoted to the Major Leagues.
Baez is starting at second base for the Iowa Cubs on Thursday and that would seemingly be an indicator that the Cubs plan on working Baez at the second base position throughout the second half of the season.
Baez struggled initially with the Iowa Cubs but has turned the corner and is starting to produce at the level that many expect him to be on.
Through 84 games with the Iowa Cubs this season, Baez is hitting .240/.305/.449 with 14 home runs and 55 RBIs. Baez also has an impressive wOBA of .324 and an ISO of .208. Baez’s wRC+, however, is a tad concerning at 89.
Baez playing at second base opens up a multitude of possibilities for the Cubs.
Though, a case could be made that Baez moving to second base also increases the chance that Castro is traded by the Cubs.
If the Cubs were to change Castro’s position, the position change would be to second base. If Baez is going to play second base, then that would eliminate the position change possibility for Castro. Castro is not going to move to third base nor to the outfield. Meaning Castro is resigned to the shortstop position.
The shortstop position would still be in conflict with Castro and the highly-touted Russell.
Of the two, Russell is believed to be the better shortstop. Thus, that could suggest that the Cubs could move Castro in a trade for a young, impact starting pitcher this winter.
Baez moving to second base creates possibilities for the Cubs. Possibilities that only figure to improve the long-term picture of the organization.