Cubs: Renteria isn’t pushing for Kris Bryant and Javier Baez yet

Cubs: Renteria isn’t pushing for Kris Bryant and Javier Baez yet
May 31, 2014, 7:15 pm
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MILWAUKEE – While Cubs fans dream about a lineup built around Kris Bryant and Javier Baez, manager Rick Renteria won’t be lobbying the front office for the kids to get here ASAP.

“That’s not my style at all,” Renteria said Saturday at Miller Park. “There’s a lot of people working with those kids down there and the front office is obviously in contact with them. We talk. We all have to be on the same page.

“When those decisions are made, we all have to be sure that (we make) them with the understanding (that) sometimes there are hiccups. It’s not always as nice as it might seem.”

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While the Cubs enjoyed a rare offensive explosion in an 8-0 victory over the Milwaukee Brewers, it won’t turn down all the noise about Bryant and Baez.

Bryant has dominated at Double-A Tennessee, hitting .347 with 17 homers and 46 RBI in 53 games, showing why the Cubs drafted him No. 2 overall last June.

Of course, we only see the box scores and the Twitter updates. And about two weeks ago, it became: “What’s wrong with Javy?

But even during a brutal start at Triple-Iowa, Baez impressed the organization with his focus, intensity and up-the-middle defense. To be honest, that’s a bigger long-term concern than the offense, which would come around eventually.

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Baez is hitting .375 with three homers, five doubles and 11 RBI in his last 10 games, pulling his OPS up to .700 this season.

It’s not like Cubs executives Theo Epstein and Jed Hoyer are feeling the heat from fans and will overreact to media pressure. It’s not like this team is one player away, needing a spark to stay in the wild-card race.

The St. Louis Cardinals can insert top prospect Oscar Taveras as a complementary player, but the Cubs have everything riding on Bryant and Baez, who would instantly become the focus every day at Wrigley Field. Also unspoken is the service-time considerations and what it would cost to start the free-agency/arbitration clock.

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“We’re just happy that the kids we have down there are performing and they’re building confidence,” Renteria said. “I’m sure they’re building confidence with the desire to want to get here. But as a whole, as an organization, we have to be very mindful.

“We have to be very sure that when we pull the trigger on any decisions that we make, it’s for the betterment of the player and for our organization.”