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Most of what you read about impending free agent Adam Dunn from the Washington Nationals’ side is that the team is eager to re-sign the hulking slugger, but might not have the cash to do so. Rarely do you see things like this:

As far as [re-signing] Dunn goes, I don’t see it happening before the postseason comes to an end. Dunn will likely file for free agency then.

There is no question that Dunn is a better hitter than I thought. But what is overlooked here is his defense, which is below average. In my opinion, the Nationals can’t afford another year of having a below-average first baseman. nationals.com.

“Can’t afford” his contractual demands is one thing. “Can’t afford” the liability defensively at first base is another, and it should have you wondering whether the Cubs can “afford” Dunn. Bruce Levine has suggested that Dunn is a “high priority” for the Chicago Cubs this winter, but if the Nationals are ready to let him go because his defense is so bad, should the Cubs really be considering plunking down three-years’ worth of serious money?

I’m starting to wonder whether the Cubs would be better off signing a guy like Adam LaRoche or Lyle Overbay for a fraction of the cost of Dunn, and using their money elsewhere. Is the difference in Dunn’s bat (above those guys) worth the difference in his glove (below those guys)? These are the tough questions that Jim Hendry will have to answer in what figures to be a make or break season for the Cubs’ general manager.

  • Butcher

    Dunn really needs to go to the AL and DH somewhere.

  • kadams77

    Thank you for finally verbalizing what I’ve been thinking all along. Everywhere you read Cubs’ bloggers are looking to Adam Dunn to come in and lead this team to the playoffs next year. What a bunch of hogwash! With Ramirez and Castro on the left side of our infield, the last thing we need is a below average first baseman. I’d rather see Nady come back than to see Dunn playing first. Not to say Nady is my choice, that’s just how much I don’t want to see Dunn on this team next year.

  • wax_eagle

    Is Mark Reynolds willing to come play 1B for the Cubs for a year then be the 3rd baseman of the future?

    I know he strikes out a lot, but his OBP is usually high and his HR numbers are huge. Can he come play 1B for one year with some time at 3rd when Rami is inevitably hurt. Then He can play 3rd when Rami leaves after next year and we can either bring Vitters up or sign one of the huge free agents in 2012.

    Plus he is known to be very available as the D-backs try to not have 5 guys strike out 200 times.

    • Kevin G

      I am not complete against your idea it a good one actually.

    • rylan

      See, the thing is that those sort of things don’t make sense with Hendry. He’d much rather spend $12MM+ a year on Adam Dunn.

  • Kevin G

    How about moving Colvin to 1B, Move Byrd to RF and bring up Brett Jackson for CF.

    • Jeff

      Hopefully, something like this will play out towards the end of June, beginning of July after they bring Jackson along similar to Casto’s path last year.

      • KB

        Good thing we tried out this idea during all those meaningless games after DLee was traded. Oh wait, Colvin wasn’t given any reps whatsoever at first.
        Hendry! The Musical!

  • The Man

    @raymond

    so you want ten years of consistent losing followed by a short period of contention…..idiot

  • Raymond Robert Koenig

    As compared to 102 years of losing. The point is that Hendry has failed as a GM. The Cubs have one of the highest revenue streams in all of baseball. With that Hendry should have been able to produce an above average player development system or a perennial World Series contender. Or both. He has done neither. Ricketts should have fired him as soon as he took over. The Rays (great team name) actually contend for, and have appeared in, the World Series, every season. Next year will be no exception. The problem with some Cub fans is that they have no concept of history. 102 seasons is a long time. People have been born, became Cub fans for whatever reason, and died without seeing their favorite team win the World Series. That’s ridiculous. Even by the law of averages the Cubs should have won at least 3 or 4 since 1908.

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