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Sockinchisox
07-28-2011, 08:58 AM
https://twitter.com/dknobler/status/96579358516457474

Hitmen77
07-28-2011, 10:41 AM
Yet another great huge contract handed out by Jim Hendry.

Fenway
07-28-2011, 10:49 AM
Indians only paying $775K of the contract - Flubs still owe over $3M

TDog
07-28-2011, 11:12 AM
Yet another great huge contract handed out by Jim Hendry.

I believe the White Sox were bidding for Fukudome, before he signed with the Cubs. Or maybe that's just what the insiders in the media were saying.

BleacherBandit
07-28-2011, 11:32 AM
http://content.usatoday.com/communities/dailypitch/post/2011/07/kosuke-fukudome-trade-cleveland-indians-chicago-cubs/1


Mods: I see there's already a rumor thread for this. Please merge.

#1swisher
07-28-2011, 11:39 AM
MLB
BREAKING: Indians acquire OF Kosuke Fukudome from Cubs for
two Minor Leaguers - OF Abner Abreu and RHP Carlton Smith

balke
07-28-2011, 11:43 AM
I'm pretty happy the indians got him. He's not good IMO.

Hitmen77
07-28-2011, 11:45 AM
I believe the White Sox were bidding for Fukudome, before he signed with the Cubs. Or maybe that's just what the insiders in the media were saying.

I believe you are correct.

If I remember correctly, what ended the Sox pursuit of Fukudome is that 1) he wanted to play RF and we had Dye at the time and/or 2) he wanted to be the 1st Japanese player for the franchise he signed with.

I might not be remembering this correctly....and if I am, it might have been just a rumor.

GoGoCrede
07-28-2011, 11:52 AM
I believe you are correct.

If I remember correctly, what ended the Sox pursuit of Fukudome is that 1) he wanted to play RF and we had Dye at the time and/or 2) he wanted to be the 1st Japanese player for the franchise he signed with.

I might not be remembering this correctly....and if I am, it might have been just a rumor.

No, I remember this being said too. Don't know if it's a rumor, but that's what I heard.

thomas35forever
07-28-2011, 12:53 PM
He's just what the Tribe needs to push them over the top!

SOXPHILE
07-28-2011, 01:43 PM
Now what will those drunken brain dead morons in Lakeview do with all their brilliant "Horry Kow !" t-shirts ?

DumpJerry
07-28-2011, 01:57 PM
This helps the White Sox.:D:

Also helps the Tigers.:(:

doublem23
07-28-2011, 02:21 PM
Deal is now official

http://www.chicagotribune.com/sports/baseball/cubs/chi-report-indians-pursuing-cubs-fukudome-20110728,0,471140.story

Foulke You
07-28-2011, 02:28 PM
Now what will those drunken brain dead morons in Lakeview do with all their brilliant "Horry Kow !" t-shirts ?
Don't forget all the racist t-shirts and headbands that they sold with the slanted eyed Cubs logo with Harry Caray glasses. I can't believe they sold that crap there.

Fisk Fan
07-28-2011, 02:32 PM
I believe you are correct.

If I remember correctly, what ended the Sox pursuit of Fukudome is that 1) he wanted to play RF and we had Dye at the time and/or 2) he wanted to be the 1st Japanese player for the franchise he signed with.

I might not be remembering this correctly....and if I am, it might have been just a rumor.

I think the Sox were also offering a larger contract...

Fenway
07-28-2011, 02:35 PM
Will Cubs fans call this the 'Blue Flag' trade?

http://mlblogsstrictlycubsbaseball.files.wordpress.com/2011/06/l-flag.jpg

Risk
07-28-2011, 03:41 PM
I think the Sox were also offering a larger contract...

I'm still glad the Sox dodged that bullet.

Risk

XplodingScorbord
07-28-2011, 03:48 PM
Anyone catch in that article where Marlon Byrd yelled "Take me, too" during Fuku's goodbye news gathering? What a douche.

slavko
07-28-2011, 04:42 PM
I'm still glad the Sox dodged that bullet.

RiskGot hit by other bullets, though. Took less to sign with the Cubs, true, for whatever made-up reasons his agent thought of.

PeteWard
07-28-2011, 10:43 PM
Anyone catch in that article where Marlon Byrd yelled "Take me, too" during Fuku's goodbye news gathering? What a douche.


Wow? Really? That is pretty bad.

Also not a great reflection on the organization if he would trade that city for this one just to escape the Cubs. :o:

sullythered
07-29-2011, 02:08 AM
If it wasn't for the bloated Hendry contract, I think people would have a different opinion of Fukudome. He's a pretty decent leadoff guy.

eriqjaffe
07-29-2011, 08:55 AM
If it wasn't for the bloated Hendry contract, I think people would have a different opinion of Fukudome. He's a pretty decent leadoff guy.I agree. Paulie's the only guy on the Sox with a better OBP.

Of course, he doesn't steal bases, so he wouldn't really fit Ozzie's perception of what a leadoff hitter is.

Fukudome was a slugger in Japan (he hit 116 HR from 2003-6), and was expected to hit for power with the Cubs. He left the power in the smaller parks in Japan, and wound up being a being way overpaid.

doublem23
07-29-2011, 09:19 AM
Fukudome was a slugger in Japan (he hit 116 HR from 2003-6), and was expected to hit for power with the Cubs. He left the power in the smaller parks in Japan, and wound up being a being way overpaid.

Yep. Still a useful player, but doesn't quite fill the hole that Choo and Sizemore leave. However, since they're only paying him less than 1/4 of what he is owed this year, I would chalk this up to a win for Cleveland (not sure about the prospects they tossed in, though).

eriqjaffe
07-29-2011, 10:10 AM
Yep. Still a useful player, but doesn't quite fill the hole that Choo and Sizemore leave. However, since they're only paying him less than 1/4 of what he is owed this year, I would chalk this up to a win for Cleveland (not sure about the prospects they tossed in, though).I don't know, since Fukudome has a history of disappearing in the second half. That .198 batting average in September and October - and transitioning to the AL - does not bode well.

Then again, he may still put up better numbers than Rios. :whiner:

JB98
07-29-2011, 01:15 PM
I don't know, since Fukudome has a history of disappearing in the second half. That .198 batting average in September and October - and transitioning to the AL - does not bode well.

Then again, he may still put up better numbers than Rios. :whiner:

Yeah, .198 in September and .217 career in Interleague play. He has a history of struggling late in the season and has never hit American League pitching well.

That said, the platoon of Travis Buck and Austin Kearns in RF wasn't working out for Cleveland, so I can hardly blame them for trying someone different. They didn't give up much to get Fukudome. Abreu might be a decent prospect, but he's a looooong way off.

eriqjaffe
07-29-2011, 01:44 PM
Yeah, .198 in September and .217 career in Interleague play. He has a history of struggling late in the season and has never hit American League pitching well.

That said, the platoon of Travis Buck and Austin Kearns in RF wasn't working out for Cleveland, so I can hardly blame them for trying someone different. They didn't give up much to get Fukudome. Abreu might be a decent prospect, but he's a looooong way off.Good point. $775k isn't much of an investment, and he probably can't work out much worse for them.

guillensdisciple
07-29-2011, 02:32 PM
Didn't Fukudome spite the Sox to go play for the Cubs or something? I thought we offered him close to the same amount of money but he rejected us for the awesomeness of the Cubs.

Lip Man 1
07-29-2011, 06:14 PM
He said part of the reason was because he wanted to become the first Japanese player on a team. The Sox already had Takatsu play for them in 04 and part of 05.

Lip

DSpivack
07-29-2011, 06:25 PM
He said part of the reason was because he wanted to become the first Japanese player on a team. The Sox already had Takatsu play for them in 04 and part of 05.

Lip

And Iguchi.

g0g0
07-30-2011, 01:56 PM
If it wasn't for the bloated Hendry contract, I think people would have a different opinion of Fukudome. He's a pretty decent leadoff guy.

That's really the only problem with 1/2 the team. Bloated contracts.