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#1 NathanDonald13

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Posted 17 July 2012 - 09:04 PM

What is the Cubs best long-term option at 3rd?

Starlin Castro(Baez at SS)
Javier Baez
Junior Lake
Josh Vitters
Prospest from Garza/Dempster trade(Rendon/Castellanos)

If it is Rendon/Castellanos what happens with everybody else? Can Baez play 2nd? Trade or move Castro to OF when Baez is ready? Can Lake or Vitters play OF?

#2 Luke

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Posted 17 July 2012 - 09:26 PM

Baez. His ceiling his higher than anyone the Cubs are likely to get in a trade, and there is very little chance he can stay at short long term. If third base is occupied he could move to second, but third is his most likely position.

Vitters would be my next choice, followed by Candelario, Lake, and Geiger.

If the Cubs can land Castellanos in a trade (I remain skeptical), he would be presumptive third baseman of the future. Baez would probably go to second.

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Posted 17 July 2012 - 09:31 PM

Vitters will probably go in the outfield in the long term I'm not really digging his career minor league fielding percentage

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Posted 17 July 2012 - 10:39 PM

Baez could move up quickly to play 3b. Lot of players are getting to the bigs at a very young age. He can move to 3b and be ready from a defensive perspective in a hurry. If he can hit. 250 next year its an improvement over this years 3b.

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Posted 17 July 2012 - 11:18 PM

A major benefit with guys like Baez and Lake is that they are athletic enough to play 3B, LF, RF, etc. Now, I'm still skeptical that Lake can make it as a hitter, but their flexibility is a great thing to have in an organization.

Oh, and Lake has a hose. Maybe the best arm in the minors.

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Posted 18 July 2012 - 05:29 PM

Baez could move up quickly to play 3b. Lot of players are getting to the bigs at a very young age. He can move to 3b and be ready from a defensive perspective in a hurry. If he can hit. 250 next year its an improvement over this years 3b.


Remember Corey Patterson and Felix Pie? I'd rather have a scrub at 3B (or Vitters) than rush Baez through the minors.




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