This might be a classic example of a decision made by a Major League Baseball team based on service time considerations rather than putting the best players on the field.
On Saturday the Chicago Cubs announced that top prospect Javier Baez would be re-assigned to minor league camp. All the young shortstop has done is bat .310 with five home runs this spring. The team could have considered moving him to second base to make a spot for him on the big league roster but will instead have him start the season with the Triple-A Iowa Cubs at shortstop.
If this spring was any indication, Baez will likely be up with the Cubs the moment that his service clock is reset. That’s kind of a drag for Baez, but who can blame the Cubs for wanting to keep a guy like this under team control for another year?