Javier Baez to play some 2nd base this spring

I think most of thought that if Javier Baez had to be moved off shortstop, which seemed an almost certainty after he was drafted, that he would shift to 3rd base. He made himself into a decent enough shortstop to stick there through the minors and some even said he could stick. It still seems like he'll probably have to shift to a different position and most of us just assumed 3rd base. Well, it appears the Cubs may give him some playing time at 2nd base this spring. 

Javier Baez will open the 2014 season at Triple-A Iowa and is close to getting to the big leagues. The Cubs already have a young shortstop in Starlin Castro, who turns 24 in March. This spring, Baez may get some playing time at second base, depending on what the Cubs and manager Rick Renteria want to do.

“Our goal for Javy is to have him play shortstop for as long as he possibly can,” said Jason McLeod, director of scouting and player development. “He certainly has some things to clean up with the errors that were made last year.”

The Cubs’ No. 1 Draft pick in 2011, Baez made 44 errors combined last season.

The Cubs 2nd base job is Darwin Barney's, but he's not going to get into Baez's way. Barney may be a great defender, but he can barely hit enough to stay on the right side of replacement level. Despite that, though, Barney has still been productive due to his great defense. Some have suggested that could be due to the number of shifts that Dale Sveum employed, but I'm far from convinced of that.