On the 24th of this month the Blue Jays declined to offer Lyle Overbay salary arbitration. This in my opinion should be the Cubs number 1 option for 1B. Coming off a year in which he struggled .243/.329/.433 and making 7.9M in 2010 the Cubs may be able to get him for a 1 or 2 year deal in the range of 5-6M per.
Now I know he's not the sexy prototypical power hitting 1B but he has some nice skills that would fit nicely into the Cubs line up. He hits lefty, draws walks, double machine, who plays a solid 1B. A career .274 hitter w/ .358 OBP. He did hit 20 hr last year and should be good for 15-20 in Wrigley. A reasonable expectation of .270/.360/450 15 hr 35 2b would make him a really nice value.
Nice little story by our friends over at fangraphs.com on him:
Like I said he's not sexy but he is a pretty consistent 2 WAR player who could be had at a very reasonable price. I think he fits into what the Cubs need to be doing for next year in not adding anymore long term contracts and not trading any prospects while providing a player who could be a nice regular who would give us a chance to compete in 2011.