Athleticism is great, definitely helps with aging, but the offensive skillset is really off the beaten path. The best path to aging well is great plate discipline, which is why Bryant and Rizzo have always been the dudes who make this work and why Zobrist could leadoff for a championship squad and top of the league offense in his late 30's. Hell, it took 15 years before Miguel Cabrera really really started to slip because of his wide and elite offensive skillset inside the batter's box. Baez's plate discipline is just bad - most whiffs in the league the past three years, low walks, low OBP, etc.
The guy I've loosly comped him to offensively, swapping a little extra power for Soriano's inefficent speed, since Kane County is Alfonso Soriano. One thing that separates the two is Baez is a SS and elite defender, more room to come down there, but there's alot of dependence on the gifts of youth like bat speed and elite defense to get things done
If you get a guy who combines elite athleticism along with elite plate discipline and power, go ahead and pay that guy. It's why I'm super pro Bryant and even Rizzo, both guys who did it all as yoots and have the plate discipline to keep the highest value stuff (OBP and power) in play longer
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