New York Mets to face tough decision with Javier Baez

Sep 24, 2021; Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA; New York Mets shortstop Javier Baez (23) looks up at rain leaking thru the roof at American Family Field in the eighth inning during the game against the Milwaukee Brewers. Mandatory Credit: Benny Sieu-USA TODAY Sports
Sep 24, 2021; Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA; New York Mets shortstop Javier Baez (23) looks up at rain leaking thru the roof at American Family Field in the eighth inning during the game against the Milwaukee Brewers. Mandatory Credit: Benny Sieu-USA TODAY Sports /
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In theory, Javier Baez would be the type of player that the New York Mets would need moving forward. His solid pop at second base, coupled with his excellent defense and baserunning skills, could make him the type of player that the Mets could use as a building block. Add in his friendship with Francisco Lindor and Baez would be a great fit.

He is certainly in agreement with that belief. Despite the thumbs down celebration and his initial issues with the fans, Baez has come to embrace New York. He is hoping to remain with the Mets for the long term, pairing up with Lindor to create what could be one of the better middle infield duos in the majors.

Finding a place for Javier Baez with New York Mets

The problem is that the Mets do not seem to have a place for Baez. Jeff McNeil may be capable of playing multiple positions, but has spent most of his time at second base. While he may not be the same player that Baez can be, he has saved three runs at second while providing solid production. Luis Guillorme is also under contract, and while he is best served as a utility player, adds to the potential logjam at second.

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Then there is the forgotten man at the keystone. Robinson Cano, suspended for the 2021 season due to a PED suspension, is slated to return next year. He is still due $48 million over the next two seasons, and while it is questionable as to what he has left at 39 years old, ownership may not be willing to swallow that contract.

The Mets also have plenty of other needs. They may have to find another outfielder, although McNeil could presumably fill that role. The rotation needs more depth and the Mets will need to add pieces to the bullpen. Baez may not be as important of a piece as he would seem.

However, Steve Cohen has said that money would not be an issue when it comes to building a contending franchise. His only goal is to win championships while turning the Mets into a big market team. If he feels that keeping Baez in the fold will help with that goal, then he may not be going anywhere.

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Javier Baez is interested in signing a long term deal with the New York Mets. Considering his performance in New York, that may happen.