Mark Teahen to the North Side?

Craig NuzzoCorrespondent INovember 18, 2008

The fact is simple and we all know it: The Chicago Cubs need left-handed hitting for next year.

According to the The Kansas City Star, the Cubs are looking at Mark Teahen as a more cost-efficient solution to the left-handed hitting fiasco.

Sure, Mark Teahen would fit well in right field, thus moving Kosuke Fukudome over to center field. Teahen would also be more affordable than a Bobby Abreu or a Raul Ibanez.

According to the book Moneyball: The Art of Winning an Unfair Game, Teahen has the potential to become the next Jason Giambi. When I saw that, I thought: He may be the next player to do 'roids?

Anyway, making a deal like this would seem desperate, but with some careful consideration, it could be a fine asset for the Cubbies. Teahen batted .255 with 15 homers and 59 RBI last year. He is still young and only has room to improve. Wrigley Field would be a great place for Teahen to spike his career.

The Cubs have mentioned that Felix Pie would be a main source of trade bait, but would also give up Mike Fontenot or Ronny Cedeno to a desperate Kansas City Royals team.

Why make this move?

If the Cubs can get their hands on Jake Peavy, I say do this. If they cannot sign Peavy, then forget this aforementioned trade.

This may be a stretch of thought, but every opportunity the Cubs have is worth something.

Side note: According to an article from, the Cleveland Indians have also given thought to Mark Teahen as a third basemen solution.