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Baez's versatility boosts Cubs' options

Baez's versatility boosts Cubs' options

Javier Baez played catcher on his summer league team before his senior season at Arlington Country Day High School in Florida.

Theo Epstein won’t go that far to address the lack of upper level depth at catcher, but the Cubs’ president of baseball operations believes the stockpiling of shortstops can eventually strengthen the franchise at other positions.

“Shortstops and center fielders tend to be the best athletes on the field,” said Epstein, one week after Baez moved from shortstop – his natural position – to second base, and infielder Arismendy Alcantara continued his major league audition in center field.

“And if you have athleticism, you tend to play...