After trading Derrek Lee, the Chicago Cubs opened up a substantial void at first base – a void, though, that was likely to be opened after the season anyway. Lee is a free agent after this season, and the Cubs, who’d rebuffed Lee’s attempts to discuss an extension, seemed eager to explore alternatives for 2011.

One such alternative is playing on the other side of the diamond this week: National’s first baseman, Adam Dunn. Dunn, also a free agent after this season, has been discussing an extension with the Nationals with little progress to show for it. Would Dunn consider coming to the Cubs?

”It’s a great place to play,” said Dunn, who’s an old Cincinnati teammate and friend of Cubs clubhouse leader Ryan Dempster and who also has developed a rapport, if not a budding relationship, with Hendry.

”I know Jim from my Cincinnati days,” he said. ”We hit it off. He’s one of my favorites. And I hear nothing but great things about him.”

If nothing else, it sounds like a pretty good fit.

”Hopefully,” Dunn said, catching himself to reiterate his ongoing talks with the Nats. ”You never know.” CHICAGO SUN-TIMES.

Three quick thoughts:

1.) Obviously this is mega early. The Cubs wouldn’t actually be able to start pursuing Dunn until a couple weeks after the World Series.

2.) Dunn made some overtures toward the Cubs in 2008 regarding the team’s opening in right field before the Cubs chose, sigh, Milton Bradley. The Cubs were not interested at that time, though that could simply be because they didn’t feel he could handle right field. First base might be another story.

3.) Guys with Dunn’s skill set – big, hulking dudes, who are low on athleticism but big on power – do not generally tend to age well. Adam Dunn is not old, but he is now on the north side of 30.

  • KB

    Dunn is more athletic than he’s given credit for, and now that he’a a 1st baseman, I see him aging perfectly normally.

    That said, this train has passed. Many of us were BEGGING Hendry to sign Dunn when he wanted to play for Chicago years ago. Jim went with Bradley (sigh). That was when we were one guy away from a playoff team.

    Now? We’re the Marlins after a sell-off. Dunn would be a waste. We’re a million miles away from contending, and we need to rebuild. That doesn’t mean signing 30-ish players to huge deals. We’ve seen that that strategy hasn’t worked.

  • BT

    Kabes, I don’t care how athletic you think Dunn is/was, he could NOT play right field. He is/was a miserable pathetic outfielder. This is not hyperbole. He is literally one of the 5 worst outfielders I have ever seen play. He might be the worst, but I’m probably forgetting a couple guys. Ryan Klesko might have given him a run for his money.

    Now that Lee is gone, Dunn would be a perfect fit.

  • KB

    BT, I will agree with you. He was bad at OF, and really seems to be a 1B/DH guy.

  • Tanner

    I dont see why not signing him. I am tired of people saying we need to “rebuild”. People, if they would do that, people would bitch because they are just horrible. This is the CUBS, and they are suppose to contend. People are saying they need to bring up the young guys and rebuild, BLAH BLAH BLAH, if that would happen you would hear people bitch about that.