These aren’t the sorts of reports or rumors that I usually dig into on this site.
But this one caught my eye and I thought it was worth examining:
Cubs did make multiyear offer to Javy Baez in spring of 2020 as @Buster_ESPN reported. Offer was in $160M to $170M range. While Baez has struggled since he does have 4 HR and 5 SB and has track record. Will get hot at some point. Still has decent chance to beat that as free agent
— Jon Heyman (@JonHeyman) April 19, 2021
First things first. If this offer was made in “spring 2020” it likely happened before the pandemic shut everything down. During the shutdown, in May 2020, it was reported that things between Báez and the Cubs were “on hold”:
Baez, under team control through 2021, told ESPN that the Cubs and his representatives had what he characterized as multiple “really good” conversations about a long-term contract extension during the spring. Nonetheless, he and his representatives felt there was no pressure to get anything done by a particular date.
“Obviously, we want to reach an agreement, but right now everything is on hiatus. Just like it happened with baseball, we decided to leave it there. We haven’t talked about it anymore,” Baez said on a call with ESPN.
After all that, of course, Báez had a miserable 2020 season. So far this year, he is hitting .214/.267/.464 with, as Jon…