Chicago Cubs outfielder Kosuke Fukudome is set to make $13.5 million this season in the last year of the improvident deal he signed three years ago upon coming to the States. With the emergence of Tyler Colvin relegating Fukudome to the Department of Redundancy Department, the Cubs will look to dump Fukudome – who has limited no-trade protection – to save whatever money they can. And according to Bruce Levine, Fukudome is indeed likely to be moved this Winter.
Other rumorey tidbits from Levine (together with my own take):
- Adam Dunn remains the Cubs’ top priority, but Levine wonders whether the Cubs will have enough money to sign “any” free agent.
- Carlos Zambrano may be shopped, but he isn’t going anywhere.
- The Cubs are unlikely to trade Marlon Byrd, even if Brett Jackson emerges as ready to go early next year.
- The Cubs might consider Orlando Hudson for second base, and Marlon Byrd is a big Hudson supporter.
- Cliff Lee, as expected, is going to be out of the Cubs’ price range.
- There’s “always a chance” that the Cubs will try to bring Kerry Wood back.