Monday, November 12, 2007

Cubs aquire Omar for Jones. Fukudome declares Free Agency.

Thanks to cubs.com-

The Chicago Cubs acquired infielder Omar Infante from the Tigers on Monday in exchange for outfielder Jacque Jones. Infante, 25, batted .271 with two home runs and 17 RBI in 66 games with Detroit last season. Versatile in the field, Infante played six positions last season, most often at second base (20 games). He also appeared at shortstop (14 games), third base (nine), center field (12), right field (six) and left field (one). The Venezuela native hit .281 off left-handed pitching and posted a .413 batting average with runners in scoring position in 2007.

This means one of two things in my opinion. That the Cubs feel Pie is ready to be the starter in CF or there going to trade for an CFer. I honestly believe the Cubs will acquire Crawford or Fukudome this offseason and put them in RF and leave Pie in CF for defense. To me this also says that Cedeno will be traded this offseason. The cubs don't need Omar, Derosa, Theriot, Font, and Cedeno on there roster.. Too many MIers.

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Thanks to MLBTR-


As you may have heard, Kosuke Fukudome filed for free agency today. He's listening to offers from both Japanese and MLB teams - he's still undecided. The Chunichi Dragons are not expected to modify their offer. They've got a one year proposal out to Fukudome for about $3.5MM and a four-year offer for about $15.4MM. The Hanshin Tigers are expected to offer something like four years, $20MM. Obviously he could beat those offers in the U.S. The Rangers, Cubs, Giants, Red Sox, Yankees, White Sox, and Padres have all been connected to Fukudome.
Meanwhile lefty closer Hitoki Iwase, coveted by many MLB teams,
has decided to stay in Japan. The Rockies, Royals, and Cubs had their eye on him.

To have Fukudome sign with the Cubs would be unreal. I project this guy as a .290 hitter with 20 homers, and 90 rbi will having a robust .390 OBP... He plays great defense and would look great in that cubbie blue.

To bad about Iwase, he would also have been a nice pick up!

Another note is the Cubs have interest in Troy Percival and Masahide Kobayashi.



5 comments:

Anonymous said...

FUKUDOME IS HITTING HIS PRIME. CUBS NEED HIM.

Anonymous said...

According to Bruce Levine the Cubs have traded Craig Monroe to Minnesota for a player to be named later. They more or less wanted to clear a roster spot. Jim N.

Kamel said...

Monroe has been traded today. I hope were not left hanging if we miss out on Fuka and Craw.

supercapo said...

With the fact that Hendry has traded away two outfielders in the past two days, it wouldn't surprise me at all if he is shooting for getting both Crawford and Fukudome, instead of one or the other. That would give Pie a little more time to develop into a major league hitter. Crawford could play center, with his speed he could play the entire outfield by himself.

cubsfan82 said...

I totally agree with you supercapo! Hendry made room on the roster for a move. Plus taking Guzman and Prior off the DL allow them to be traded which is a rare possiablity but still a possiablity.

Seeing Fuk and Craw in the lineup next year would make me DROOL! Check this lineup out

1. Soriano LF
2. Crawford CF
3. Lee 1st
4. Fukudome RF
5. Aram 3b
6. Derosa 2b
7. Soto C
8. Theriot ss
9. Pitcher

WOW!