Results tagged ‘ Kosuke Fukudome ’

7/28 Cubs’ Ramirez on trade: “We’ll see”

Aramis Ramirez has maintained that he doesn’t want to leave the Cubs but on Thursday, he said no one from the front office has asked the third baseman if he’d be willing to accept a trade and didn’t say he’d reject one.

“We’ll see,” Ramirez said.

After Wednesday’s game, Cubs pitcher Carlos Zambrano said the Cubs needed to make some changes for next season. The team dropped to 42-63 following Thursday’s 4-2 loss to the Brewers.

“When you’re 20 games under .500, there are going to be changes,” Ramirez said. “Something’s not right. You can’t point to anything — you can’t point to the pitching, offense, defense. I guess that’s the [general manager's] and the front office’s job. Of course there will be changes because we haven’t played the way we’d like to. We’re 21 games under .500 so there are going to be changes.”

The Cubs took the first step before Thursday’s game when they dealt outfielder Kosuke Fukudome to the Indians for two Minor League players and called up Tyler Colvin. Ramirez is a 10-and-5 player, and can veto any deal. Now that he agrees with the concept of change, has he changed his mind?

“Nobody has come forward to me from the team to say, ‘We want to trade you,’ or this or that,” Ramirez said. “It’s only [discussed] in the media.

“Nobody has talked to me about if I’m wiling to waive my no-trade clause,” he said. “It’s only in the media speculation that ‘This team wants Ramirez’ or the other team. Coming from the guys upstairs, the people who make the decision, I haven’t heard from anybody.”

So, would he be willing to be traded?

“Nobody wants me, man,” Ramirez said. “They want good players. Nobody wants me. They come to me with a trade, we’ll see, but nobody has talked to me about it.”

There probably are a few teams who would be interested in a third baseman who is batting .293 for the season, and nine homers and 22 RBIs this month. But Ramirez recently said he wanted to stay in Chicago because of his family.

“That’s not a secret,” Ramirez said. “Everybody knows that. But I also understand this is a business. I don’t know which way they want to go. If they’re looking to rebuild, I can’t fit in. We’ll see.”

– Carrie Muskat

7/28 Fukudome to Indians?

Could the Cubs deal Kosuke Fukudome? Ken Rosenthal of FOX Sports tweeted on Thursday that the Indians are talking to the Cubs about the right fielder. Danny Knobler of CBS Sports says the deal is “very close to happening.” Both Shin-Soo Choo and Grady Sizemore are on the disabled list, and the Tribe needs help. Fukudome, 34, is batting .273 with the Cubs. He’s owed about $4.7 million for the rest of the season. He has a limited no-trade clause but it’s not known which teams are on the list.

– Carrie Muskat

12/15 Cubs pitching & rumors

You can never have enough pitching but the Cubs may have too much. Teams
will likely start calling GM Jim Hendry about some of the arms on his
roster. With Casey Coleman, Chris Carpenter and Chris Archer on the way
up, plus the possibility that Andrew Cashner could move to the rotation,
the Cubs have a surplus. FoxSports.com’s Ken Rosenthal said
pitching-needy teams unable to land Matt Garza from the Rays or Zack
Greinke from the Royals might inquire about Tom Gorzelanny, Randy Wells
or Carlos Silva.

Rosenthal also says the Cubs are willing to
trade Kosuke Fukudome, who is in the final year of his three-year deal.
However, manager Mike Quade said during the Winter Meetings he’s
prepared to rotate Fukudome with Marlon Byrd, Alfonso Soriano and Tyler
Colvin to keep everyone healthy and fresh.

– Carrie Muskat

11/11 Fukudome’s new home

Apparently, Cubs outfielder Kosuke Fukudome isn’t too worried about being traded. According to Chicago Magazine, Fukudome has
purchased a three-bedroom condo in a Lake Shore Drive building for $1.32
million. The condo’s great room has huge windows with views looking
east over Lake Michigan and north up the lakefront — to Wrigley Field.

– Carrie Muskat

11/10 Fukudome for Matsuzaka?

The Chicago Tribune’s Phil Rogers tweeted that the Cubs are kicking around the idea of swapping Daisuke Matsuzaka and Kosuke Fukudome in a multi-player deal. The Cubs would like to move Fukudome to create an opening for Tyler Colvin in right field but such a deal with the Red Sox is unlikely. Matsuzaka has a full no-trade clause, and is owed $10 million each of the next two seasons. Fukudome, who set a career high with 13 home runs this season, has one year remaining on his contract, worth $13.5 million. Matsuzaka was 9-6 with a 4.69 ERA in 25 starts with the Red Sox.

– Carrie Muskat

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