While the Cubs continue to mourn the loss of Ron Santo, they’re also turning their attention to their 2011 needs as the Winter Meetings start next week. Tops on the list is a 1st baseman. The Cubs traded Derrek Lee at the end of last season and also decided not to re-sign Xavier Nady who played well at the end of 2010. The Cubs had hoped to lure Adrian Gonzalez away from the San Diego Padres via trade, but the Red Sox beat them to the punch by pulling off a trade for the 29-year old stud today. No shock there that GM Jim Hendry is a few steps too slow once again.
That leaves a few very mediocre 1st baseman free agents on the market for several teams to compete for. That is a not a good sign for the Cubs who are being cost-conscious this winter. Let’s hope they don’t have to overpay for one of these guys – Carlos Pena, Adam LaRoche and Lance Berkman. I like Pena the best out of the mix. He strikes out a ton, but he hits a ton of HR’s and is a good clubhouse presence.
The other option is to move Tyler Colvin to 1st base. Especially if the Cubs cannot move Alfonso Soriano or Kosuke Fukudome this off-season, moving Colvin to 1st base would be a great way to make sure he gets enough playing time in 2011. We’ll keep you posted as soon as anything breaks next week at the Winter Meetings.