Is A Foreign Exchange Trade In The Works?

It has been reported that the Cubs have been in discussions with the Boston Redsox negotiating a deal that would send Kosuke Fukudome to Boston in exchange for Daisuke Matsuzaka

Jim Hendry has said that he would like to create a spot in the line-up for Tyler Colvin and the possibility exists that he may trade Fukudome to make room.  Fukudome has one year left on his contract and hasn’t performed up to expectations.  He is still owed 14 million in 2011.

Fukudome batted .263 with 13 homeruns and 44 RBI’s last season. 
thumbnailCA0H4NZ3.jpgSomewhat a disappointment offensively, but defensively has been solid.  However, the Cubs are seeking more solid numbers offensively from the right field position.

thumbnailCAVRURZF.jpgMatsuzaka has been plagued with injuries the past two seasons.  Last year, in 25 starts, went 9-6 with a 4.69 ERA.  He is still owed 10 million over the next 2 years. 

Jim Hendry worked out a similar contract exchange last offseason that sent Milton Bradley to the Seattle Mariners for Carlos Silva.

While the possibility of a trade is intriguing, to say the least, it is unlikely.  Matsuzaka has a no-trade clause in his contract.  Dice-K showed great promise until his injuries.  If he could get healthy and the Cubs could acquire him, I think he would make a fine addition to the Cubs’ starting rotation. 


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