We've been sensing this was close for a while now, we even mentioned how Baez looked like a big league hitter yesterday, but it appears to be official now, at least according to Bruce Levine,
The Cubs are calling up elite prospect Javier Baez from Triple-A Iowa, sources told 670 The Score.
Baez will join the team tomorrow in time for its game in Colorado. He will likely play second base, a position he’s been working on in Iowa. Baez originally came up through the system as a shortstop.
We speculated a September call about 3 weeks ago but it turns out even we were conservative, as we expected it to be a September call. There are different scenarios as to how the Cubs could make up for the loss of cost control, but the most likely would appear to be to sign him to an extension. For various reasons, we feel that Baez would be amenable to that idea and perhaps his switch over to the Wasserman Group as his agency will open up a dialogue there.
UPDATE: The Cubs have confirmed the call-up
So...the housekeeping is that the Cubs now need a roster spot and it will probably be an outfielder. Nate Schierholtz has an expiring contract and doesn't factor into the 2015 plans so he is a likely candidate. The Cubs could also send Junior Lake back down to AAA as they already have an available 40 man roster spot anyway.
Looking a little further ahead, the Cubs could call up Jorge Soler by season's end as well, By the last two weeks you could have a lineup that goes like this...
- Arismendy Alcantara, CF
- Chris Coghlan, LF
- Anthony Rizzo, 1B
- Starlin Castro, SS
- Luis Valbuena, 3B
- Javier Baez, 2B
- Jorge Soler, RF
- Welington Castillo, C
Of course, I put Valbuena there to take some pressure off the rookies and balance the lineup, not because he is the long term solution there.
It's really happening.
The Cubs are suddenly turning into must-see baseball.
I had a twinge of nostalgia just now thinking about my first experiences seeing Baez play for the Peoria Chiefs back in early June of 2012.
And, lastly, we have this fun graphic from @thehistoryrat...