(670 The Score) As the trade deadline looms July 30, a final opportunity awaits the Cubs to approach their free agents-to-be to discuss contract extensions before they’re possibly dealt to a new team.
As it pertains to shortstop Javier Baez, the Cubs are going to have to up the ante if they want to sign him to a long-tern deal in the next 11 days, insider Jon Heyman of MLB Network and Audacy Sports said on the Mully & Haugh Show on Monday morning.
“We can start it with a 2 – we shall see,” Heyman said. “I’ve heard speculation that all the free-agent shortstops will get 200 (million) something. We’ll see. I’m (Trevor) Story and (Corey) Seager are shooting for 300 something. But I would think Baez would be $200 million-plus. I don’t think they’re there yet. But if they get there, maybe they could have a deal (soon).”
Baez, 28, is hitting .244 with 21 homers, 59 RBIs and a .780 OPS this season. He has spent his entire eight-year MLB career with Chicago, and he earned All-Star honors in 2018 and 2019.
After the Cubs’ 6-4 loss to the Diamondbacks on Sunday, Baez brushed aside a question on a possible contract extension.
“If anything happens, I’m ready, we’re here,” he said, according to NBC Sports Chicago. “I think it’s time to focus, to get back in first place and get back on track to make the playoffs. I’m not really paying attention to that.”