Javy Baez *IS* the Team's Shortstop, and Cubs Say There's No Intention to Mess With That

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Javy Baez *IS* the Team’s Shortstop, and Cubs Say There’s No Intention to Mess With That

Chicago Cubs

Despite a report from ESPN’s Karl Ravech that there are those inside the Cubs organization who prefer to have Addison Russell back starting at shortstop, Theo Epstein and Joe Maddon are doing their best to put out a strong opposing message.

Good. Good.

Are there folks with the Cubs who no doubt wish and hope that Addison Russell demonstrates he *can* be a starting-caliber shortstop on a playoff team? Well, sure. There are lots of reasons that would be a good thing for the Cubs. But there’s not a realistic path for making that happen so long as Javy Baez is doing what he’s doing at shortstop. Not only do you not want to risk disrupting the bat, but also it’s not like he’s a butcher at short. He looks great out there, and he’s currently rating as above-average defensively at short.

Author: Brett Taylor

Brett Taylor is the Editor and Lead Cubs Writer at Bleacher Nation, and you can find him on Twitter at @BleacherNation and @Brett_A_Taylor.