Cubs Hot Stove – Adrian Gonzalez & Lyle Overbay

Two names keep resurfacing around the Cubs this offseason: first basemen Adrian Gonzalez and Lyle Overbay.

While it’s true the Cubs have a void a first base, neither guy should be of any interest to Chicago.

No question Gonzalez is an all-around stud. He hits to all fields, he hits for power and plays a good first base. But he also becomes a free agent after the 2011 season and is expected to fetch a new deal in the $15-$20M range.

If the Cubs are trying to shed payroll and build for the future, why part with 3-4 top-prospects in exchange for another very expensive contract?

Lyle Overbay turns 34 in January. He hit .243 with 20 HR and 67 RBI for Toronto –numbers Tyler Colvin matched in his rookie season–.254, 20 HR, 56 RBI–and in 19 fewer games played, nonetheless.

Overbay has a decent glove, but moving Colvin to first couldn’t be any worse. Such a move also opens an outfield spot for prospect Brett Jackson, who has the look of an everyday big leaguer.

Any money or young talent that goes towards landing Gonzalez or Overbay is much better spent pursuing another starter or quality bullpen arm.

The Cubs need pitching, pitching, pitching! Forget the high-priced first basemen.


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