Detroit Tigers shortstop Javier Báez, another bad season and an uncertain path forward

Nineteen months ago, Detroit Tigers manager A.J. Hinch described Javier Báez as an “elite player” in spring training before the former All-Star shortstop began the first season of a six-year, $140 million contract. After two seasons, Báez has yet to be elite in any area of his game while collecting $42 million in the Old English D.

The Tigers, at this point, know elite offense could be a pipe dream and would settle for elite defense from their highest-paid player, but even that is not guaranteed. His age continues to increase, and his production continues to decline.

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