Will Javier Baez be this year’s Jay Bruce or Yoenis Cespedes?
Man. There really is a wide range of possibilities with Javier Baez. I can see two extremes. I can see him joining the club and doing his best impression of Jay Bruce after he joined the club in 2016. Baez strikes out a TON and this will not change when his laundry does.
Then again, I can see the other extreme. What if Baez continues to strike out often but also bolsters the lineup in ways we’ve been crying for all year long? The Mets offense is scuffling. Baez’s power bat could be the answer. Is he possibly the jolt they need? Is he this year’s Yoenis Cespedes?
Baez essentially cost the Mets last year’s first-round draft pick Pete Crow-Armstrong. A young outfielder with a bright future ahead of him, it’s hard to really hate this trade because of how it immediately helps the big league club. PCA underwent shoulder surgery earlier this year. His entire professional career is questionable. We know what we’re getting with Baez. We’re getting a guy who can crank around 30 home runs in a full season and fan 200 times while playing some pretty awesome defense.
In case you didn’t know, Baez was the MVP runner-up in 2018. A tremendous offensive weapon, he also brings one other element with him to New York: attitude.
Look no further than last week in one of his final Cubs games when he walked it off against Amir Garrett and the Cincinnati Reds. A showcase of how much of how fiery he can be, adding him could potentially become one of the most important trades in Mets history—at the deadline or any other time.
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