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Cubs Trying to Move Fukudome

Several baseball sources have confirmed to me that the Chicago Cubs have been extremely active in trying to move Kosuke Fukudome to open up regular playing time for rookie Tyler Colvin. Fukudome is owed approximately 8 million dollars for the remainder of this season and an additional 14 million for 2011.

My sources tell me that Cubs GM Jim Hendry has offered to pick up the bulk of the remaining dollars on the 2010 commitment and half of the money in 2011 but so far has found no takers for the under performing right fielder.

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 wait a few more weeks and evaluate the club's position at that time before they determine a course of action in advance of the July 31 trade deadline.

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JobbaJibba said:

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Get rid of the bum...oh, and get rid of Fukudome while you're at it.

BlueOctober2010 said:

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Crossing my fingers but not holding my breath. Hopefully Hendry can pull another Houdini move like he did with Bradley.

Edelweiss said:

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Len and Bob had an interesting slant on moving players, when they said you can't shut a player down when you are trying to move him.
Lou has been using Fukudome to show off his best side, and will probably get takers. It has also been reported now that Castro looks like a keeper, they are trying to move Fontenot, but have almost shut him down, have indicated to the media that he is in Lou's doghouse, but have not said why, and have made him sit in the bullpen for three games. There is no way you can get much for a player when you present him that way.

mchi59 said:

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I dont think they are expecting to get much for Fontenot anyway.

Adrob said:

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So that is why Lee and Ramirez are playing every day!

DaveFromNormal said:

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Kap Question? One would ask why the Cardinals are 18-6 while the Cubs are 8-16 in the first game of a series. Tough to win the series if you lose the first game all the time. Does this relate to preparation?

When Lou first arrive, during the Cub Convention, I asked him a question about poor fundamentals (running the bases, throwing the ball, catching the ball, and situational hitting). His reply was his teams have not had bad fundamentals. He than, held up his pencil and said, "I have the pencil and make the line-up". The crowd let loose with laughter. Will you do us a favor? Get Lou a new pencil.

art said:

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no one else has mentioned anything about trading fukudome and eating most of his salary. trading him is something we've all figured hendry would do, but salary wise Ricketts won't eat that much.

mchi59 said:

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Apperently, they have given up on this season, if they insist on waiting to move players. Or are they expecting Ramirez to be the savior, like they were last season? Ive tried to be patient. When people go around calling for Hendry and Piniellas head, I thought it was a bit too soon, but now its almost July, they are actually getting worse. Im tired of watching them lose like this and I am tired of watching management make so many clueless decisions. Turning Zambrano into a yo-yo, taking Gorzelanny out of the rotation upon Zs return when it really shouldve been Wells. Actually, Wells should be in the minors. If the Cubs are serious about contending, they have no business letting Wells work out his problems at the major league level. And finally, this plan to keep 12 pitchers......yeah, they arent scoring runs, so naturally bring in more pitchers! Exactly who is running this team, Charlie Brown? Maybe they should bring in Snoopy to play 2nd Base. Hed probaly hit better than Theriot has!

TracyT said:

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Extreme patience or simply stuck with bad contracts no one else wants?

joeydafish said:

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Another excellent indictment on Hendry. He loaded this team with bad contracts nobody else wants.

Edelweiss said:

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If the call-up of Starlin Castro had been handled differently, the team might not have given up so soon. First of all, Theriot should have opened the season at second base, with Fontenot at short. Then Castro should have been called up when Fontenot got in a slump, and it would have been a straight-up substitution. The way Lou did it produced a domino effect, and a lot of resentment, mainly by Theriot. Also, they never should have said that Castro was activated to improve the defense. They should have waited for that to happen before announcing it. As it is, the infield defense has deteriorated since then, probably because their confidence got shaken up. Lastly, I remember all the announcers saying ,last year, that when the Sox had to call up Beckham, they were in trouble. The same goes for Castro. When a team abruptly calls up a top prospect, it means they have given up. The players must have believed that, because the team was at .500 on May 7th, and have dropped to 9 games down since then

TOM COTNER said:

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THE MORE THINGS CHANGE, the more they stay the same !!! First off, the FUKESTER should have been dealt 2 years ago, when it was fairly clear that the original diagnosis of this guys talent was more off than the CUBS ability to actually win a WORLD SERIES. I sure as heck hope that the DOPE who the CUBS relied that reccommended him for a contract has been sued for DISALLUSIONMENT !!! Because of his salary as well as his non-consistentcy, FUKUDOME will be difficult to trade, but how much are we actually gaining if HENDRY is willing to eat the remainder of the 2010 salary plus 1/2 of the 2011 salary ??? The only way to trade this guy is to repeat the MILTON BRADLEY procedures, and find a team which also has their own ALBATROSS, who needs to have a scenery change as well. AS FAR AS LOU'S DOGHOUSE goes, the only participants in that treehouse of horrors should be LOU PINIELLA himself and JIM HENDRY, for constantly making BONEHEADED decisions, or non-decisions thereof. OBSERVATION #3 says that since it is a foregone conclusion that MARINER pitcher, CLIFF LEE wants out of SEATTLE and won't resign, why not trade him to the CUBS for RYAN DUMPSTER ??? LEE could be the CORE for the CUBS pitching, while we can rid ourselves of another GOOF, who just doesn't get it !!! Plus the MARINERS might seem vindicated for the SILVA/BRADLEY deal, and have DEMPSTER for another 1-2 years. Finally, even a hint of trading a left handed hitter like MIKE FONTENOT, who be valid of the CUB MENTALITY which has kept them in the same old, same old position for the better part of the last centurey.

Adrob said:

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With all the middle infielders out/injured on teams contending for shampionships what is Hendry waiting for other teams to beat him to the punch. Why is fontenot still here if he's not going to play. Same for Theriot. I know he is on the bench because his hitting is showing up the rest of the team!

Can Zambrano play first so we can get his bat in the lineup every day?

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