Javy Baez is an interesting dude, to put it lightly.
As a New York Mets fan, I had a front-row seat to Baez’s quirkiness, which saw him somehow find a way to make the fans turn against him (remember the whole thumbs-down saga) despite being a splashy trade deadline acquisition and only being in town for less than half a year.
These days, Baez is playing for the lowly Detroit Tigers in the AL Central, and based on some of his activity on social media, he might have other things on his mind than baseball.
Following yesterday’s 3-1 win over the Toronto Blue Jays — improving Detroit’s record to 3-9 — someone on Twitter noticed that Baez liked a foot picture post on Twitter in the immediate aftermath of the game.
Can someone go check on Javier Baez in the locker room? pic.twitter.com/lIYm7NDxgA
— spencer kiermaier🦕 (@Spenred) April 14, 2023
This also came after a typically insane Baez performance on-the-field, too:
Javier Báez got a late start out of the box watching his drive to LF that hit off the top of the wall for a double. Then he apparently forgot how many outs there were on Akil Baddoo's fly out to CF, resulting in an inning-ending 8-4 double play. The baserunning mishaps continue. pic.twitter.com/JJCDKWMiGk
— Jason Beck (@beckjason) April 13, 2023
Drafted by the Chicago Cubs as the 9th overall pick in the 2011 NFL Draft, Baez went on to be named to two All-Star teams and won a World Series in 2016.
In 2021, however, when the Cubs decided it was time to blow up that iteration of their team, Baez was traded to the Mets where he spent an average few months in New York before ultimately deciding he couldn’t take the pressure that comes with playing in New York City. Baez then went on to sign a six-year, $140 million contract with the Detroit Tigers, who last made the playoffs back in 2014.
During his 10-season-long MLB career, Baez has posted a batting average of .259 while also hitting 166 home runs and 533 RBIs. Given that Baez is now in his 30s and the Detroit Tigers look like one of the basement teams in Major League Baseball, the Puerto Rican infielder could find himself on the trading block this Summer once again.
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