World Baseball Classic enhances Javier Baez’s Cubs preparation – Chicago Tribune

A 8-0 loss Wednesday night to the United States in the World Baseball Classic title game at Dodger Stadium did nothing to hurt the preparation of Chicago Cubs infielder Javier Baez for the 2017 season.

In fact, Cubs manager Joe Maddon believed Baez benefited from his participation for Puerto Rico and should be ready for the 2017 season.

“His confidence should be soaring,” Maddon said before Baez went 0-for-3 with a strikeout in the title game. “He’s ready to play a regular major league season game.

“I might have to balance him out between giving him a break and still keeping him ready. I’m happy for the guy. He’s made a lot of wonderful adjustments over the past couple years.”