Tyler Colvin hasn't played first base since he was a sophomore at Clemson. But with Derrek Lee gone, Colvin could be the heir apparent at first in 2011 ... The Cubs maintain Colvin needs a spring training at first under his belt if they decided to move him there go in that direction.
"I'm not sure how long I'd need," Colvin said. "It's been a while since I've done it. Hopefully if they want me to do that, I'll do it. No one has ever said 'Hey, we want you to take ground balls there.' I've got to wait for that first and then we'll see what happens."
Carrie Muskat tweeted: "#cubs tyler colvin to start taking grounders at 1B thu", so it looks like after Sullivan posted his piece somebody talked to Colvin.
But the option of Colvin at first might just be an interim step
The Cubs said Micah Hoffpauir would be called up Thursday from Triple-A Iowa and will share playing time with Xavier Nady for the time being. However, Hoffpauir was sent down Friday and can't be called up for 10 days.
Because they have to wait to call up Hoffpauir, fan favorite Sam Fuld might be spending some time at Wrigley for the next week or two.
Barring a remote chance the Cubs are able to trade for Milwaukee's Prince Fielder, some first base candidates include free agents Carlos Pena (Tampa Bay), Paul Konerko (White Sox), Adam Dunn (Washington) and Lyle Overbay (Toronto). Of those four, Dunn is the only player who is a below average defensive player at first. Pena, Konerko and Overbay all are veterans who may or may not fit into a long-term retooling process for the Cubs.
With the rest of the season essentially meaningless, the Cubs can take their time trying a variety of "in-house" options to replace Lee at first before looking for a free agent. What about Hee-seop Choi?
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