Posted on: November 25, 2010 10:42 am

Hot Stove: 1B and the 2011 Cubs

Adam Dunn, Carlos Pena, Lance Berkman. There is a void at 1st base for the Chicago Cubs this year. One that will never be filled defensively as it was with Derek Lee manning the bag. However, it does present an opportunity for a solid upgrade offensively for the next 3-4 years.  
ADAM DUNN:Adam Dunn is 31 years old and is apparently seeking a 4 year deal (declined 3yrs from WAS). He also is very set on not becoming a DH at this point in his career. He wants to play the field. He straight mashes the ball at Wrigley Field (27HR in 66 games) and has said he would love to be a part of the Chicago Cubs. It's no secret that he strikes out as much as he blasts it out of the park, but I see a good fit. With Dunn it will come down to money. probably in the 4 year 50-60 million range. If the money  is available to spend, I'd say grab him up and move on with the development of the young pitching staff.
CARLOS PENA:Carlos Pena is coming off of one of his worst seasons in the majors. He was plagued by injuries and is also (like Dunn) a strikeout artist. Pena won't hit with the 38-45 HR power of Dunn but may be interested in signing a 1-2yr deal to prove his worth and get one last BIG contract.
LANCE BERKMAN:The Big Puma or my favorite Fat Elvis has something to prove. He has even gone so far to say that he would be interested in playing the outfield instead of 1st because HE feels he is still mobile enough. Now why I won't buy in to that theroy necessarily, I could se him manning the bag at 1st for the Chicago Cubs in 2011. Berkman had his knee scoped and repaired in 2010 and was limited in using his legs for his swing. This hindered him quite a bit and he has said that he is healthy and ready to move on. Again, kind of a strikeout artist but a great player nonetheless. A player that I could see stamping his ticket in to the Hall Of Fame with a nice 3-4 year stint in Chicago before he is relegated to the AL for his inevitable DH duties in his late 30's. I'm not sure what kind of money it would take to get this deal done, but it is definitely a good fit as I see it.
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