It was announced late last night that Kosuke Fukudome, the latest Japanese sensation to take his shots in the MLB, will sign with a major league team to play next season. Interested teams include the Padres, Cubs and the White Sox.
Rumblings on Chicago sports radio have the Cubs way in front of every other team as far as the amount of cash they are willing to throw at the 30 year-old outfielder who has a career 192 homers and a .305 batting average over nine seasons with the Chunichi Dragons, which has some great information on its official website. The Cubs are ready to toss 6o million at this guy, allegedly fully 10 million or more than any other team.The Dragons recently won the Japan Series, which makes Fukudome disqualified for playing for the Lovable Losers because he has won something in professional baseball.
That sounds amazing if you hate the Cubs. Sure Fukudome, who White Sox manager Ozzie Guillen called, "a cross between Ichiro and one from the New York Yankees, (Hideki) Matsui," is going to be a solid MLB player, no one that has made the jump from the Pacific that was hyped up any has really stunk, except maybe for Kaz Matsui. But the price is just off the wall. Go ahead and pay it Cubs, you will have no cash to add payroll in late summer if you are in the playoff picture. And wouldnt two mid-level free agents that play the outfield (such as Geoff Jenkins or Aaron Rowand) be a better investment, particularly since you dopes are up for sale?
Oh well, go ahead and spend it Cubbies, I for one love watching you fail.