The Chicago Cubs will be in desperate need of big left handed power hitter this off-season. One who can preferably play first base. It appears that the Cubs have targets locked on a free agent to be already. That free agent is no other than Washington Nationals slugger Adam Dunn, who figures to hit free agency this weekend. According to Bruce Levine the Chicago Cubs have already made Adam Dunn a top priority as far as free agent position players go.
The Cubs have almost always been linked to Adam Dunn over the past four years, and it appears that there is a legitimate chance that the Cubs will finally fulfill their wish, and have the left handed power hitter they have so desperately been missing in Adam Dunn. Dunn has already stated this season that he has an admiration for the city of Chicago, and loves to play at Wrigley Field. Dunn also had a good relationship with Cubs general manager Jim Hendry, which may also be a key reason why Dunn may chose the Cubs over another team that pursues him.
I’m sure many of you are salivating at the mouth, like I am right now, at the mere thought of Adam Dunn launching bombs out of Wrigley as a member of the Chicago Cubs. For so long has he tormented the Cubs in Wrigley Field, it would be nice to see him improving the Cubs for once. Dunn who is a perennial 40 home run hitter, would have the chance to reach the 50 home run plateau if he comes to the Cubs in 2011.
At the age of 30, Dunn is considered to be right in his prime years. Which is a factor that will go into his next contract. Considering that the Cubs have already made Dunn a top priority, and have two of their top scouts following him, it would not surprise me to see the Cubs offer a four year contract to Dunn worth about $13.5MM a year. Dunn, who has stated in past years that he would want to play for the Cubs, would probably jump at that deal.