Both Chicago teams put a name (and a lot of money) on first base on Wednesday.
Carlos Pena will be on the North Side, and Paul Konerko will be back on the South Side.
And now the baseball winter has officially hit full speed. Kenny Williams told the media that his wallet is empty now, while Cubs fans are trying to figure out who's still going to be here on Opening Day.
So now that a few big names are headed to Chicago (Pena and Adam Dunn), the question is: Who's your favorite new kid?
The Cubs have agreed to a one-year, $10M deal with Pena on Wednesday. The 32-year-old first baseman won a Gold Glove in 2008 and was an All Star in 2009 with the Tampa Bay Rays. He has hit at least 28 home runs in each of the last four seasons and is an elite defensive first baseman... when he's on the field. He hasn't played in more than 148 games in his career.
Everyone is barking about Pena's .196 batting average last year, and his .325 on-base percentage isn't very impressive either. Over the last four years, Pena has averaged at least one strikeout per game.
He's a bomber, folks. If he plays 145 games at Wrigley Field next year, swinging from the left-handed box, he'll probably hit 40-45 home runs and drive in 100 runs. And the fact that this is a one-year deal eliminates the usual Jim Hendry decade-long honeymoon with a player past their prime.
The deal for Pena is a solid move for the Cubs.
On the other end of town is Dunn, who we talked about when he signed. He's actually bigger than any of the Sox... or Cubs... and all of the Blackhawks except John Scott... and most of the Bears and even half of the Bulls roster.
And he'll hit the ball out of US Cellular Field.
He isn't in the same class as Pena with the glove, but that's why he's going to the White Sox. He'll see spot duty in the outfield and at first, but will mostly be a younger version of Jim Thome. He could, seriously, hit 60 home runs at the Cell this year.
So who's your favorite new kid? Both will hit the ball a country mile...