4 p.m. deadline on Friday, they needed both starting pitching and an impact bat. In this deal, they attempted to address both areas as they worked with the Cubs, who were working through their firesale this week.
The deadline has come and gone, and the Mets’ haul is this: Báez, Williams and left-hander Rich Hill (whom the team acquired last week).
Baéz, who won a World Series with the Cubs in 2016, is a two-time All-Star with a Gold Glove Award and a Silver Slugger Award. Since debuting in 2014, he’s been one of the game’s top shortstops.
Báez, a free agent after this season, might have been the rental player that made the most sense for the Mets. He can fill in for the injured Francisco Lindor. When Lindor returns, Báez can play second base. His versatility allows the Mets many options with his usage.
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