MESA, Ariz. - Javier Baez isn't worried about finding a full-time position right now.
The Cubs plan to use Baez in a super-utility role in 2016, backing up positions all over the diamond.
Even with Dexter Fowler and Shane Victorino in camp now - joining Jason Heyward, Kyle Schwarber and Jorge Soler among the outfielders - Joe Maddon doesn't want Baez to ditch his outfield glove anytime soon.
Instead of turning double plays with the infielders, Baez was with Soler and others in left field during Saturday's workout and Maddon has already confirmed Baez could be a defensive sub pretty much anywhere.
We already know Baez can play the infield, coming up as a shortstop and seeing some time at second and third base the last couple seasons.
But now he's going to be backing up Anthony Rizzo at first base, too.
"He's fine [at 1B]," Maddon said. He's very comfortable. He's actually very comfortable anywhere out there.
"I think he could play defense as good as anybody."
That vote of confidence from Maddon shouldn't come as a surprise as the Cubs manager has been talking up Baez's defense since last spring training.
Before Fowler signed, the Cubs were planning on getting Baez plenty of work in center field this spring to potentially figure in the mix there during the season.
He's played just one inning at first base in his big-league career and never played there in the minors.
"Whenever they need me at first, I'm gonna be there for sure," Baez said. "My career is just starting, but the future is going to let us know where I'm going to play.
"I don't rush to find my position right now. I'm gonna be moving around and I'm fine with that right now."
There are the natural Ben Zobrist comparisons, of course, as Maddon played Zobrist all over the place in Tampa Bay.
With Zobrist on the Cubs' roster, he can help show Baez the ropes, so to speak, and the Cubs feel a super-utility role can actually benefit Baez's offensive game.
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"Just knowing him well, to this point, I don't think it's going to be overwhelming at all to him," Maddon said. "I think he actually kind of likes it.
"I like when a young guy comes up like that and plays multiple positions. I think it takes emphasis off of his offense. So a guy like him might actually relax offensively knowing, 'I gotta come to the park today and catch some grounders at third, some at short, I gotta take flyballs.'
"I think you might see him actually hit better under those circumstances. I'm going to talk to him about that concept exactly.
"I don't think it's overwhelming to him whatsoever. I think it'll keep his mind kind of fresh on a daily basis."