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Cubs and Giants Discussed Swapping Kosuke Fukudome and Aaron Rowand

In rumors that make no sense, Jerry Crasnick is reporting that he’s heard the Chicago Cubs and San Francisco Giants have discussed swapping outfielders Kosuke Fukudome and Aaron Rowand in a “classic bad-contract, change-of-scenery deal.” It’s almost impossible to see anything coming from this, as swapping a productive, left-handed outfielder for an unproductive, right-handed outfielder can’t […]

Lukewarm Stove: Cubs Poised to Start Shopping Kosuke Fukudome

To date, we’ve heard very little about Kosuke Fukudome, who most have assumed would be moved this winter. The right fielder is set to earn $13.5 million in 2011, the last year of his deal, and the Cubs would like to allow Tyler Colvin to become a full-time starter in the outfield. So why have […]


Kosuke Fukudome Better Hope He Doesn’t Get Traded

Or hope he’s ready to be a landlord. According to Chicago Magazine, Cubs outfielder Kosuke Fukudome has purchased a three-bedroom condo in a Lake Shore Drive building for $1.32 million. Fukudome has been renting a home on the Gold Coast since 2007, his first year with the team. Muskat Ramblings. Of course, with the way the […]

Lukewarm Stove: Daisuke Matsuzaka/Kosuke Fukudome Swap Unlikely

A couple weeks ago, there were whispers of a potential Daisuke Matsuzaka/Kosuke Fukudome swap between the Cubs and Red Sox this winter. The whispers picked over the last few days before being squashed. Daisuke Matsuzaka’s name did not come up during the Chicago Cubs’ recent organizational meetings, according to a baseball source. That doesn’t preclude the […]

Albert Pujols Not Long for the Cardinals?

Albert Pujols enters 2011 as the most-anticipated soon-to-be free agent since… LeBron James? Hard to come up with a comparison, to be honest. And yet, while everyone buzzes about future free agent first baseman like Prince Fielder and Adrian Gonzalez, you rarely hear a peep about Pujols, whose career dwarfs either of the others. The […]

Lukewarm Stove: Aubrey Huff or Victor Martinez at First?

Fresh on the heels of a number of rumors suggesting Adam Dunn will be out of the Chicago Cubs’ price range this winter, together with the bargain suggestions of Adam LaRoche and Nick Johnson, we get a new batch of names from the second tier of free agency – recent World Series hero/panty-wearer Aubrey Huff, […]


Should the Chicago Cubs Trade Marlon Byrd?

With most of the club’s payroll tied up in but a hand full of players in 2011, the Chicago Cubs are going to have a difficult time improving the team over the 2010 version. If they are to do so, they’ll have to get mighty creative with the roster, and the maneuvers used to create […]

Tyler Colvin is Going to Be Fine

Raise a collective thanks, as Chicago Cubs outfielder Tyler Colvin, impaled by the flying bat of a teammate, is going to be fine. “I talked to him, he will be fine,” Hendry said Saturday. “Obviously that was a potential disastrous situation. I think if you were playing three weeks from now, he could possibly play. […]

Could Marlon Byrd Head Back to the Rangers?

Tomorrow marks the last day that a team can make a trade (via the waiver system) for a player, and include that player on its post-season roster. The Chicago Cubs have already made a couple waiver trades, sending Mike Fontenot to the Giants and Derrek Lee to the Braves. But are the Cubs done dealing? […]

God’s Wrath Watch: Marlon Byrd’s Hand is Probably OK

Marlon Byrd inadvertently took one off the hand last night, and was quickly removed from the game, as he was in obvious pain. The good news is he’s just day-to-day, and is probably going to be fine. The ball ricocheted off Byrd’s hand and struck him on the top of the right foot. Byrd jumped […]

Chicago Cubs May Make More Trades Before August is Up

Trades made after the non-waiver trade deadline on July 31 are rare – at least, far more rare than trades made before the deadline – but they do happen, as evinced by the Chicago Cubs trade last night with the Giants, sending Mike Fontenot out for prospect Evan Crawford. With the Cubs thoroughly out of […]


Chicago Cubs Sign Second Round Pick Reggie Golden

Some good news on the draft front – yesterday the Cubs announced that they had signed their second round pick, high school outfielder Reggie Golden. Reggie Golden got his first peek at life in the big leagues on Saturday. Golden, the Cubs’ second-round Draft pick, signed his contract on Friday and was able to do […]

Lukewarm Stove: Rangers Still Considering Xavier Nady

This rumor is about as lukewarm as it gets, given that there are no details beyond that headline. But, hey, you’re here. Might as well keep reading, right? The Rangers remain interested in a right-handed-hitting first baseman it can pair with Chris Davis. The Cubs’ Xavier Nady is among those on the Rangers’ radar. chicagotribune.com. The […]

Lukewarm Stove: Cubs Continue to Shop Kosuke Fukudome

A reminder for newer readers: the Lukewarm Stove, as the name suggests, features Chicago Cubs rumors that are either very thin in terms of detail, or very thin in terms of likelihood. Get it? Not quite Hot Stove – but lukewarm (I’m clever). But damnit, you deserve to have all the Cubs rumors you can […]

Lou Piniella: “We probably will be sellers”

Even though the Chicago Cubs just managed to secure an AMAZING series victory – their first in 12 tries – the team is still so far behind in the NL Central and the NL Wild Card races that they are expected to be sellers come the trade deadline at the end of the month. And […]


Aramis Ramirez Returns Today, But Who Goes Out?

With third baseman Aramis Ramirez set to return from the disabled list today, the Chicago Cubs will have to decide whom to send out to make space for him. And it’s going to be a more difficult decision than usual. The Cubs plan to activate third baseman Aramis Ramirez (hand) from the disabled list for […]

Cubs Still Unlikely to Start Dumping Players for Weeks

In Dave Kaplan’s piece about the Chicago Cubs working feverishly to trade Kosuke Fukudome, he offered some additional information about the team’s ardor to make other trades at this time. I have also been told that upper management is being extremely patient despite the poor performance of the Cubs so far in 2010. They will […]

Chicago Cubs “Extremely Active” in Trying to Trade Kosuke Fukudome

We already knew that the Chicago Cubs had talked to the Boston Red Sox about outfielder Kosuke Fukudome, but it seems that was just the tip of the iceberg. According to Dave Kaplan: Several baseball sources have confirmed to me that the Chicago Cubs have been extremely active in trying to move Kosuke Fukudome to open […]

At Least Kosuke Fukudome is Trying to Improve

Kosuke Fukudome has been sliding terribly. This, we all know. But at least he’s trying to work with coaches and instructors to turn things around – in fact, he’s bringing his Japanese hitting coach out to work on his swing. Kosuke Fukudome’s Japanese hitting coach, Kyosuke Sasaki, rejoined his star pupil in hopes of getting […]

The Cubs Should Dump Kosuke Fukudome

Although I’ve been saying it since late 2008 (after vociferously opposing his signing in the first place), others are jumping on the bandwagon that Kosuke Fukudome needs to go – not just because of his annual post-April/May swoon, but because he’s a continued, looming threat to giving Tyler Colvin a real chance to succeed as […]

Tyler Colvin is Finally a Starter?

Coming out of Spring Training, the Chicago Cubs looked like they had five capable outfielders – a nice problem to have. Manager Lou Piniella vowed that youngster Tyler Colvin, who looked the best of the five and has the ability to play all three outfield positions, would play several times a week. But at the […]