Baez Excited By Cubs' Revamped Batting Order

"This is going to make teams and pitchers pitch differently," Javier Baez says.

Bruce Levine
February 22, 2020 - 4:49 pm

CHICAGO (670 The Score) -- The new look at the top of the Cubs' lineup has shortstop Javier Baez excited.

He's in line to hit third in the order, behind third baseman Kris Bryant leading off and first baseman Anthony Rizzo in the second slot.

"This is going to make teams and pitchers pitch differently to the whole lineup," Baez said. "KB will be so dangerous just waiting for that first pitch. It can be one run after one pitch with him up there."

Baez most often hit cleanup in 2019. He only hit third on four occasions, so his spot will be new. 

Of course, he's going to keep his same approach and has the mindset of whatever is best for the Cubs is best for him.

"I am less worried about my numbers than the past and more concerned with the team results," Baez said. "At the end of the day, I want to do this as a team, so the players here in the future know how to (win)."

"I have had some good seasons and some great ones. I feel like I can be better. I have learned so much more and have experience as the best teacher. I want to show everybody that I am improving and doing my homework."

Baez has the same goal for the Cubs, who are coming off a disappointing 84-win season.

"We want to show we have learned and matured as a team too," he said. "We have been struggling these past two years. At the same time, we don't give up. We have to compete to get that back."

An All-Star in each of the past two seasons, Baez is viewed as a cornerstone piece for the Cubs. His contract is set to expire after the 2021 season, and the Cubs would like to work out a long-term deal to keep him. 

For now, Baez is deferring that conversation to his agent and focused on preparing for the season.

"All of that talk is too personal," Baez said. "You can only go so deep with people in your personal stuff. At the same time, you have to understand to be patient with this. If not, in the future you will likely look back and regret it or be happy with what you did. I am in the moment, where I am being patient. I know where I am and how comfortable I am with my life." 

Bruce Levine covers the Cubs and White Sox for 670 The Score. Follow him on Twitter @MLBBruceLevine​.