​​Chicago Cubs shortstop Javier Baez has emerged as a superstar in recent years. He can ​flash the leather, swing the lumber, and he's downright ridiculous on the base paths.

Of course, it's always important to think long-term, and with two years of arbitration remaining and Alex Rodriguez asking how he felt about playing in Chicago, Baez gave the answer every Cubs fan wanted to hear.

​​"Oh yeah. I would love to stay here my whole career," said Baez.

I'm sure the feeling is mutual. 

Runner-up for the NL MVP in 2018, ​Baez has been nothing short of a monster in 2019. He's off to a torrid start, posting a 1.004 OPS while leading the team in batting average (.316), home runs (11), and runs batted in (26).

The Cubs would be wise to extend Baez as soon as humanly possible, especially in this day and age. It's not every day that a baseball player of his caliber comes around.

Locking him up for the foreseeable future is an assurance of quality baseball at the shortstop position for Chicago.

As Rodriguez said, when you think of the Cubs, you think of Javy Baez. Hopefully the Baez era in the North Side is only just beginning.