Cubs visit chance for Mets to gauge future?

NEW YORK -- Many Mets fans fancy Starlin Castro calling Queens home next season. Is that realistic? Well, it's fun to dream.

lastname Baezlastname Castro A source familiar with the Mets' plans recently suggested that free-swinging Javier Baez might be a more realistic acquisition by the Mets, although he too would be costly in a trade with the Cubs. And the Mets are not believed to be willing to dismantle their young-pitching corps even for a major trade acquisition.

The 21-year-old Baez, who made his major league debut on Aug. 5, has four homers in his first 10 major league games. (He also has no walks.) Baez has been playing second base because he is blocked at shortstop by Castro.

The Mets got a look at Baez during a two-game spring-training series against the Cubs in Las Vegas in March.

“Big-time power,” Terry Collins said pregame Friday. “Real aggressive at the plate. Right now, probably the wisest thing is to keep the ball out of the middle. This guy has got four homers in nine games. It kind of shows you what power he’s got. We saw that out there.”

Meanwhile, the crown jewel among Chicago's shortstop prospects is Addison Russell, who was acquired from Oakland at the non-waiver trade deadline. He is currently in Double-A.