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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.


“Outside the organization, outside the city, around baseball, the story is the Cubs are coming fast and the Cubs are coming strong.”


The Cubs can’t clone the 2004 Boston Red Sox, even if Manny Ramirez becomes Bill Mueller’s assistant hitting coach.


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.