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TRADE: Chicago Cubs Trade Baez, Williams to the New York Mets

The Cubs are sending SS Javier Baez and RHP Trevor Williams to the Mets for their No. 5 prospect, OF Peter Crow-Armstrong.

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The Chicago Cubs continue to ship off pieces from their World Series core thus bringing depression to Cubs fans everywhere.

Words do not bring justice to the joy that Javier Baez has brought to the city of Chicago. He will easily go down as one of the most exciting players to ever don a Cubs uniform.

Javy gets to join his fellow Puerto Rican, Francisco Lindor, to make up quite the middle infield for the New York Mets. In 91 games this season, Baez is slashing .248/.292/.484 with 22 home runs and 65 RBIs. Baez has been streaky at the plate this season, but continues to play Gold Glove caliber defense.

Trevor Williams had a short-lived career on the North Side, but had a few quality starts for the Cubs in his time here. In 12 starts across 13 appearances this season, Williams is 4-2 with a 5.06 ERA. The 6-foot-3 right-hander also has 61 strikeouts and 22 walks across 58.2 innings.

The Return

In return for Baez and Williams, the Cubs are receiving Mets’ No. 5 prospect Pete Crow-Armstrong. Crow-Armstrong is an outfielder and was the Mets’ first-round pick in the 2020 MLB Draft.

The young outfielder has only played six games in 2021 at Low-A ball. However, in 24 at-bats Crow-Armstrong has two doubles, four RBIs, 10 hits, six runs scored, and seven walks. It’s a small sample size, but Crow-Armstrong has been really good.

The Cubs continue to deepen their prospect pool, especially in the outfield. The team has acquired outfield prospects in every trade except for the Craig Kimbrel and Ryan Tepera deals.

The Cubs may not be done before today’s trade deadline. Tune in to On Tap Sports Net for more breaking news as it happens.

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