2/17 Baez arrives in Cubs camp
Javier Baez was one of the early birds in camp on Monday, arriving one day before position players have to report to Cubs camp. The first full squad workout will be Wednesday. The Cubs have said Baez will open at Triple-A Iowa and the shortstop isn’t putting a timetable on when he’s going to get to the big leagues.
“I’m still young and still learning how to play the game,” Baez said. “I’m going to take my time.”
Last spring, he batted .298 (14-for-47) and hit four home runs and drove in 10 runs. He also hit two more homers in an exhibition game against Japan. Alfonso Soriano and Dioner Navarro led the Cubs in spring homers with five each.
Could Baez make the big league team out of spring camp?
“I might make it, I might not,” he said. “I’m going to take it day by day and see what’s going on.”
The Cubs may test Baez at second and third this spring as well as have him play short. After a winter of workouts in Jacksonville, Fla., with his former high school team, he’s ready to get going.
“I’m just going to do my job and try to do what I did last year and [reduce] my errors,” he said.
— Carrie Muskat