Report: Cubs made $ 160-170 million offer to Javier Baez in 2020
The Chicago Cubs and star shortstop Javier Baez have discussed a contract extension and details of an offer have now surfaced.
According to MLB Network’s Jon Heyman, the Cubs made Baez a multi-year offer ranging from $ 160 million to $ 170 million during spring training in 2020.
Baez is coming off a below-par 2020 campaign, but he got off to a better start in 2021, slicing .214 / .267 / .464 with four homers and 12 RBIs on 12 hits in 15 games.
The 28-year-old is expected to join a loaded shortstop class of free agents this winter, led by Corey Seager, Trevor Story, Marcus Semien and Carlos Correa. We don’t know what kind of deal he’s looking for.
New York Mets shortstop Francisco Lindor landed a 10-year, $ 341 million contract and San Diego Padres shortstop Fernando Tatis Jr. accepted a $ 330 million contract over 14 years. Baez is not expected to get such a big deal.
The Cubs are also set to re-sign Anthony Rizzo and Kris Bryant this offseason, although the club’s front office has made it clear he won’t be able to keep all three players.