Javier Baez responds to contract extension rumors


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Javier Baez may consider extending his Cubs contract prior to this month's trade deadline. (Credit: Mark J. Rebilas-USA TODAY Sports)
Javier Baez may consider extending his Cubs contract prior to this month's trade deadline. (Credit: Mark J. Rebilas-USA TODAY Sports)

PHOENIX — Recently, rumors regarding potential contract talks between the Chicago Cubs and shortstop Javier Baez and first baseman Anthony Rizzo, both of whom are impending free agents, have been circulating. Various MLB insiders have speculated that the Cubs' front office will aim to extend the two stars before considering trading them prior to the July 30 trade deadline.

On Sunday, Baez was asked by the press about possibly signing a contract extension in the coming weeks following his team's 6-4 defeat versus the Arizona Diamondbacks at Chase Field. "El Mago" implied that he would be willing to negotiate a new contract, but his response primarily deflected to focusing on the team and on-field results.

This past offseason, Baez reportedly turned down an offer from the Cubs that was in the ballpark of $180 million, but the club is rumored to still have a desire to ink Javy to a new deal. Should the two sides once again fail to come to an agreement, Baez could find himself playing for a new team by the end of the month.

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