i don't know if the cubs are going to go out and overpay for lowell's services. his career year-esque season seems to be the worst thing that could have happened to the cubs, as it was a forgone conclusion that they were going to shoot for him this season. he's never hit more than 24 home runs in a season, never knocked in more than 90, and yet he's on pace for 45/120 or something like that.
the marlins have to be giddy, as their returns for him will be more substansial than they ever thought... but i'm weary of acquiring him. i don't think that he'll keep up this pace, and i think a 33/110 season is far more likely. not only that, but whoever acquires him is going to place a load of pressure on him to be a vital component of a championship level offense... and it has yet to be seen how this will work out. then again, if he's a FA after this year, this might explain why he's going bonkers. but i can't reiterate enough that he's going to likely cost more than he's worth, and at some point he will return to earth while the marlins get good talent back for him.
personally, i'd like to see the cubs get luis castillo. his perennial .320/40 steals game will give the cubs' middle lineup of patterson/sosa/alou/choi more rbi ops.. rather than relying on ~30 year old guys in grudzielanek and gonzalez to be your big run producers, i'd much rather see castillo be that for them.