Javier Baez capped off a brilliant 2018 campaign with his first career Silver Slugger Award, becoming just the fifth infielder in Cubs franchise history to do so.
Cubs fans also feel that he was snubbed of a Gold Glove award for his highlight-reel efforts at second base, shortstop, and even third base.
His fielding flexibility is second to none in the entire MLB, and Theo Epstein, the Cubs President of Baseball Operations, confirmed that Javy will begin the 2019 season playing shortstop, though the club is still looking for infield depth in the form of a veteran.
As if there was any doubt, Theo confirmed Cubs will roll with Javy Baez at SS to begin 2019. Cubs still looking for some middle infield depth and "leadership" on the bench.— Tony Andracki (@TonyAndracki23) December 6, 2018
This doesn't come as a surprise considering the future of every-day shortstop Addison Russell is anything but clear.
Baez's adaptability to play three different infield positions is a dividend that they should not take for granted and it appears as though the Cubs are aware of that.
It goes without saying that the Cubbies will only get the best out of their 26-year-old All-Star if he grows accustomed to playing one position on a day-by-day basis.
Expect news concerning the Cubs and a veteran infielder to come soon as the Winter Meetings are rapidly approaching.