According to many sources Kaz Matsui is expected to sign with the Astros Friday. The deal is reportedly worth 3 years 15 million. This isn't the worst thing to happen to the Cubs. Kaz could have played a good utility role with the Cubs but I didn't like the idea of him taking ABs from Derosa and Theriot. I wonder if this means Fukudome is staying in Japan?? or if the Cubs could still land him without getting Matsui?? I don't think it makes much difference to Fukudome, but I could be wrong. It would be nice to hear if he is coming to the US soon because the Cubs cant be just waiting around forever while other FA gets signed.
This is intresting-
The New York Times has named the Yankees, Mets, Dodgers, Red Sox, and Angels as the front-runners for 2-time Cy Young Award winner, Johan Santana. The Times also informed us that an NL executive, who was not named, told them not to sleep on the Cubs, who have some young talent to offer in exchange for Santana, particularly by the name of Felix Pie. The Twins would love to aquire Pie, mainly because they are now in dire need of a centerfielder, with the absence of Torii Hunter.It would take a little more than just Pie to pry Johan away from the Twins though. It would likely take Pie and 3 other mid to high level prospects, possibly Hill, Gallagher, Veal, or all three. Whether Hendry would be able to pull this trade off or not is unknown, but I would imagine if this trade were to happen, Hendry's first priority would be a long term extension, which could command close to $130 million over 5 or 6 years.
If the Cubs could get Santana that would make them one of the most feared rotations in baseball! Especially if the can acquire him without giving up Hill( which I doubt).. Would this trade get it done??
Twins get Pie, Veal, Gallagher, Prior, Dempster, and Murton
Cubs get Santana and Kevin Slowey
A trade for Santana is highly unlikely for the Cubs, that's why they should focus on Nathan instead. He will come more affordable and would really help the Cubs!