The Chicago Cubs arrived at Spring Training in Arizona, and that means the return of that familiar sound of Javier Baez's bat crack when he annihilates a pitch down the middle. Baez got a couple swings in the cage on Day 1, and Cubs fans were treated to the return of that trademark thunderous noise.
Given how the Cubs seemingly tried all offseason to trade Kris Bryant and opted not to work on a contract extension with Anthony Rizzo, Baez appears destined become the player David Ross and Theo Epstein will try to build around for the next decade or so.
Baez has hit .286 with 63 home runs and 196 RBI over the last two seasons while playing some elite defense at second base and shortstop, so he has more than enough ability to do so.
The young slugger is going to have to shoulder an even bigger chunk of the offensive load in 2020, so expect a potentially career-defining season from the 27-year-old.