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According to Buster Olney, the Chicago Cubs continue to shop outfielder Kosuke Fukudome, but are finding little interest. Big surprise given Fukudome’s annual second half slide and the year and a half remaining on his chubby contract (about $5 million left this year, and $13.5 million next year). Few contenders will view him as an upgrade, even in an injury-riddled outfield. Thus, he’s likely a complimentary player to most teams – including the Cubs.
If the Cubs are able to move him, they’ll have to eat a significant chunk of his remaining deal, and they’ll have to accept very little in return. At that point, Tyler Colvin would take over as the regular right fielder.
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