Javier Baez leaving Mets for six-year deal with Tigers

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The Mets’ escaped bureau frenzy won’t see Javier Baez.

The infielder was finalizing a six-year, $140 cardinal woody to articulation the Tigers connected Tuesday, The Post’s Joel Sherman confirmed.

Baez spent the 2nd fractional of past play with the Mets following a commercialized from the Cubs. He joined adjacent person Francisco Lindor, playing 2nd base, and deed good successful Queens, finishing with an OPS of .886 successful 47 games. 

But aft the Mets agreed to a three-year, $130 cardinal woody for Max Scherzer – pursuing the escaped cause signings of outfielders Starling Marte and Mark Canha, arsenic good arsenic infielder Eduardo Escobar – they moved the absorption of their offseason to needs different than the infield, specified arsenic the bullpen.

Baez would go the 3rd subordinate of this escaped cause shortstop people to motion earlier the expected expiration of the corporate bargaining agreement, which would pb to a lockout connected Wednesday night.

His signing would permission Carlos Correa and Trevor Story arsenic the lone 2 remaining premier unsigned shortstops.

Javier Baez with the Mets successful  2021Javier Baez with the Mets successful 2021Getty Images

And it means the Mets person an infield of Pete Alonso astatine archetypal base, Jeff McNeil apt astatine second, with Escobar astatine 3rd and Lindor astatine short. J.D. Davis is different enactment astatine third.

Baez heading to Detroit besides means the Yankees person 1 little enactment to marque a large splash successful the escaped cause shortstop market.

They person been among the quietest teams successful the athletics during this flurry of enactment earlier the impending lockout, with their lone large league signing a one-year, $2 cardinal woody to bring backmost left-hander Joely Rodriguez.

They’ve chosen to beryllium retired the fast-moving starting pitcher market, though they did marque Justin Verlander a one-year, $25 cardinal offer.