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Rumor: the Cubs considering a Fukudome for Dice-K trade

Nov 10, 2010, 2:30 PM EDT

Kosuke Fukudome

This one from Phil Rogers is prefaced with the idea that the Cubs are merely “kicking it around,” do don’t get your hopes up, Fukudome-hating Cubs fans or Matsuzaka-hating Red Sox fans.  There’s no suggestion that the Red Sox have been contacted about it and, of course, both of these guys have no-trade clauses, so they’d have to be brought into the loop too.  I’d place the odds of such a deal going down somewhere between “Brandon Wood wins a batting title” and “Pablo Sandoval eats a vegetable.”

But it’s fun to consider. Total challenge trade, no? Both guys are capable of playing well for stretches, both are capable of really stinkin’ up the joint. Both are seen by the fan base as massive disappointments, especially in light of their salaries.  The Japanese angle is gravy of course. If you’ve ever seen the way the Japanese baseball press covers these guys you can just imagine the media frenzy such a trade would create.

Rogers says that the kicking-around of it all involves “a package of players.”  Who knows how it would all turn out — not that it will ever turn out — but if it did go down, who wins?  I suspect the Cubs by virtue of the fact that Matsuzaka would likely improve against NL Central opponents, but we can’t be sure.

I don’t care, though.  This is easily the most fun rumor we’ve had since the offseason began.

  1. Jack Marshall - Nov 10, 2010 at 2:48 PM

    I am disappointed in Dice-K, but the Red Sox have no use for Fukadome, who has never turned in even one good major league season. Dice-K has two, and he is not a bad 4-5 starter, which is his current role. This rumor was obviously the work of a Cubs fan.

  2. WhenMattStairsIsKing - Nov 10, 2010 at 2:56 PM

    As a Cub fan, I’d welcome the freed up OF spot, the little bit of bolster the rotation would get, and I think Dice-K has more upside at this point.

  3. BC - Nov 10, 2010 at 3:47 PM

    One overpaid schlutz for another. Makes perfect sense.

  4. sdelmonte - Nov 10, 2010 at 4:17 PM

    I don’t think this addresses the Japanese trade imbalance as well we might hope.

  5. Kevin S. - Nov 10, 2010 at 4:44 PM

    Translation: Phil Rogers is dreaming up trade scenarios. This is the guy who, last offseason, claimed the Yanks were keeping the DH spot open long-term for… Albert Pujols. Right.

    • WhenMattStairsIsKing - Nov 10, 2010 at 4:47 PM

      That idea isn’t as much of a far shot as it seems, either. They would be able to swing him if they paid Mariano and Derek as little as possible, moved a little money and passed on Lee. It’s feasible.

      • Kevin S. - Nov 10, 2010 at 5:37 PM

        Last offseason, they were holding open the DH spot for a guy who was at least two years away from FA? When it was clear to everybody else they needed to keep it open for A-Rod?

      • WhenMattStairsIsKing - Nov 10, 2010 at 5:39 PM

        I meant, keeping the DH slot a short-term plug until Pujols was a FA is feasible with the ideas listed above.

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