Javier Baez discusses long-term contract extension with Mets

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Javier Baez swing follow-through home uniform home run
Javier Baez swing follow-through home uniform home run

One of the hottest topics for the Mets heading into the offseason revolves around the future of free-agent-to-be Javier Baez.

Speaking with reporters prior to Wednesday’s matchup with the St. Louis Cardinals, Baez was asked about his impressions of playing in New York and whether he can see a long-term future for himself with the Mets.

“I’ve always liked New York,” said Baez. “In the past, playing for the Cubs, I’ve normally been here for a weekend or something, but I’ve got a lot of family here, so it’s been great. … I obviously love New York.

“I don’t know, we’ll see. I don’t have that decision right now. I’m just trying to put my numbers out there, but we’ll see what happens in the offseason.”

Baez has put up terrific numbers in 33 games since being acquired by the Mets, slashing .310/.385/.603 with nine homers, 18 RBI and 26 runs scored.

Along with his bat, he’s proven to be a dynamic defender at second base, teaming up with Francisco Lindor to create one of the more exciting double play combos in the majors.

The chemistry with Lindor is certainly there, and Baez would love to keep building on it, though he doesn’t have an exact answer right now for what the future holds.

“We did it in the [World] Baseball Classic and you saw the combination and the communication that we had and that we have right here, so we’ll see,” Baez said. “We’ll see what’s their plan and what’s their decision at the end.”

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