With a gaping hole at first base, left vacated by Derrek Lee who was traded to the Atlanta Braves two weeks ago after manning the spot for almost seven seasons, speculation as to whom will be the next first baseman is bound to bandy about for the next few months. So I guess I’m saying prepare yourself – it could reach Obsessive Watch status.

Adam Dunn, a free agent after this season, will likely be a primary target, assuming he doesn’t sign the extension that the Nationals are so desperately trying to get him to sign. That is, at least, according to Cubs center fielder Marlon Byrd.

“Definitely. You know the guys we’ve lost this year,” Byrd said. “Quality guys like [Ted] Lilly [traded to the Dodgers] and [Derrek Lee [traded to the Braves]. You’re thinking you have to replace those guys. Our clubhouse is good, but we need some athletes out there. I have an idea who they should bring in, the type of players. I think I have an idea of who to bring in to help us win.”

I asked Byrd what impact Dunn would have on the Cubs.

“He’s a definite automatic. I think anyody wants a guy like that,” Byrd said. “Hopefully the team he is on doesn’t hold on to him so that we get a shot at him next year because thump from the left side like that just doesn’t come around often. You always want a guy hitting 30 to 40 home runs a year on your team. He’s certainly one of the guys I’ve been thinking about.” ESPN Chicago.

Dunn’s general lack of athleticism leads me to question Byrd’s successive comments that the Cubs need “some athletes” out there, and that the Cubs should go after Adam Dunn. Nevertheless, Dunn figures to be one of the better options available to the Cubs this winter.

  • KB

    I’m sure you’ve heard that Dunn was a good enough QB to play for U. of Texas, so the idea that he’s some kind of uncoordinated sloth is not based in fact. However, he does seem to lack the talent required to play MLB-calibre OF. He’s very playable at 1B, though; in fact, he keeps making “Gem of the Day” fielding plays over there.

    All that said, Byrd is in la-la land if he thinks the Cubs are going to sign a bunch of high-priced vets in an effort to win-it-all next year. And we all know how Hendry feels about players with the Dunn skill-set.

    • jstraw

      The la-la-land Byrd is in is the forgivable zone where he has to believe he’s playing baseball to win, not to mark time till minor leaguers mature. If his GM says we’re a few moves away, a competitor buys into that or lapses into a deep depression. What else can he do…or believe.

      • Bric

        How about make a shout out for some of the good, young firstbasemen out there that can be traded for? The mets have a couple, the Rangers have a couple, the Mariners have a couple. But don’t worry, this will never happen. Hendry loves spending other people’s money bringing in guys that have been on five teams in seven years. Apparently he’s smarter than all the other G.M.s who dumped these players, except when it comes to playoff wins. But I think his main concern is season attendance anyway.

        • Tanner

          Who in the hell do we have that they would want?