Cubs, Sox Searching for Lefty BatBy Brad Stewart on November 7, 2010 at 11:42 am in Cubs, White Sox
Both the Cubs and White Sox are in the market for a left-handed bat this winter, though acquiring a difference maker may prove difficult for both teams.
Paul Sullivan over at the Chicago Tribune reports that Adam Dunn is the highest profile candidate that the Cubs are considering to fill their first base vacancy.Dunn may be a bit out of the Cubs’ price-range, however. New owner Tom Ricketts has vowed to make a slight decrease in this year’s payroll which may have the effect of limiting what the Cubs can do in the off season.
Before the Cubs make any significant moves, Sullivan notes that they may have to deal Kosuke Fukudome, but the center fielder’s $13.5 million 2011 salary may make him nearly impossible to move. Sullivan lists Aubrey Huff and Victor Martinez as alternatives to Dunn.
Mark Gonzalez of the Chicago Tribune chimed in on the White Sox’s situation. The Sox already have $80.4 million committed to just 13 players for next season and John Danks is still likely to get a sizable salary increase during arbitration, which makes adding a left handed bat through free agency difficult.
GM Kenny Williams will likely try to add a bat through trades. One rumored target has been Colby Rasmus, but Gonzalez notes that the Sox and Cardinals don’t seem to match up. Williams has a history of trading one bigger piece to fill multiple holes, such as when he traded Javier Vazquez to the Braves two years ago.
What do you think the two teams should do? Let’s hear it in the comments…
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