The runner-up for NL MVP in 2018, Baez gets a slight edge over Trevor Story due to Story’s numbers taking a sharp decline on the road. Moving to shortstop full-time last year, Baez looked marvelous in the field and continued to produce at the plate. He doesn’t draw many walks, but he has combined to hit .286 with 63 homers, 78 doubles, and 13 triples over the last two seasons.
Javier Báez on possibility of signing a long-term extension: “I got my mind more on (bringing) the team to the playoffs again. This is a team that should be in the playoffs every year with the talent that we have. If it happens, I’d be grateful to be a Cub for my entire career.”— Patrick Mooney (@PJ_Mooney) January 18, 2020