Javier Báez Stats
- Height / Weight
- 6' 0" / 190 lbs.
- Date of Birth (Age)
- 12/1/1992 (29)
Javier Báez Season Stats
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Javier Báez News
According to a tweet from The Detroit Free Press' Evan Petzold, the Detroit Tigers have reportedly agreed to terms with free agent shortstop Javier Baez. Per Petzold, it'll be a six-year, $140 million deal for the 28-year-old. Baez hit .265 with a .319 on-base percentage, 31 home runs, and 18 stolen bases in 547 plate appearances last season while registering a 116 wRC+. After trading for catcher Tucker Barnhart and signing starting pitcher Eduardo Rodriguez earlier this offseason, shortstop was the Tigers' most pressing need. They now have one in Baez, who should once again be a quality fantasy option next season. The veteran has hit at least 23 home runs and stolen at least 10 bases in each of his last four full seasons.
The Detroit Tigers have been in discussions with free-agent shortstop Javier Baez, according to sources. The Tigers are currently focused on Baez after previously talking with both Carlos Correa and Marcus Semien. Baez could be a fallback option for the Tigers if Correa's price tag is too rich for their taste. But one thing is clear: Detroit is looking for a high-profile shortstop as they try to go from rebuilding to contending in 2022. The soon-to-be 29-year-old Baez had an up-and-down year in 2021 with the Chicago Cubs and New York Mets, but he finished hot and was walking at a career-high rate to close the season in New York. Baez will remain a streaky hitter because he swings and misses often, but he had a pretty solid season with a .265/.319/.494 slash line and 31 homers when it was all said and done.
With free-agent shortstop Carlos Correa's price tag potentially too steep for the Detroit Tigers, they are "considering" Javier Baez and Marcus Semien for the position. The Tigers have multiple needs this year and won't spend $300 million on any one player like Correa. Detroit is transitioning from a rebuild to a team ready to contend, and they already signed left-hander Eduardo Rodriguez to a five-year deal and traded for catcher Tucker Barnhart. The free-agent market at shortstop is stacked this offseason, so the Tigers will have plenty of options on that front. Semien is coming off a career year in Toronto, while Baez finished the year strong with the New York Mets while showing more plate discipline. Either option would be a huge win for the Tigers as they look toward 2022 and beyond.
Javier Baez posted a terrible season for the Cubs and fantasy managers alike in 2020, slashing just .203/.238/.360 with eight homers and three steals over 235 PAs. His plate discipline was horrible, with a 31.9 K% and 3 BB%, but both rates were in keeping with his career averages (28.4% and 4.7%, respectively). The difference was a .262 BABIP, 71 points below his career mark of .333. Unfortunately, this doesn't look like a case of regression bringing Baez back to fantasy relevance. He was never much of a line-drive hitter (18.4 LD% career, 18.9% last year), and he posts a double-digit IFFB% every other year (14.9% in 2020). His contact quality also took a hit, as his rate of Brls/BBE declined from 12.7% in 2019 to just 8.1% last year while he lost a full tick of average airborne exit velocity (94.9). Baez blames the lack of in-game video for his poor performance, but it may still be restricted in 2021. The 28-year-old is projected as Chicago's fifth hitter, a role that could hurt his counting stats as well. The fantasy community seems to be paying for a rebound at an ADP of 71, but there are far too many red flags here to justify that price.