Gary Sheffield


NEW YORK – The Cubs wanted Gary Sheffield to see this prospect with boom-or-bust potential and played the video of Javier Baez on a laptop.


ST. LOUIS – This is why Joe Maddon wanted Javier Baez on the Opening Day roster. The Cubs manager saw the instinctual feel for the game, the natural athleticism and a rocket-launcher arm.


SAN DIEGO – Javier Baez looms as an X-factor, either as a trade chip if the Cubs decide they need another frontline pitcher, or a game-changing force if it all finally clicks at Triple-A Iowa.


MESA, Ariz. - With the TV cameras rolling and his time in big-league camp running out, Javier Baez put on a show at HoHoKam Stadium.


For his first tattoo, Javier Baez went with the Major League Baseball logo on the back of his neck.