The last weekend before Thanksgiving…. Jim Hendry did “tweak” his roster this past week with trading Jacque Jones to the Tigers for Omar Infante, plus trading Craig Monroe to the Twins….for hopefully, a player to be named later. The Cubs freed up a couple of roster spots, cut a few dollars off the payroll for next season now the question must be…. Which hat will Jim Hendry put on? Will he wear his ‘Trader Jim’ cap or bust out his credit card for the first time this winter and become ‘Jim Spendry’ again?
Rumors began floating late in the week the Cubs were close to a deal with Kaz Matsui. Several reports have indicated the Cubs are interested and a report out of Denver on Friday morning just fueled the fire….or debate. The Denver Post mentioned the Rockies are “bracing for the loss of Kazuo Matsui” and speculated the cost for the Cubs to sign Matsui would be “similar to the 3-year, $14.4 million deal the Mets gave Yorvit Torrealba.” A report on Saturday from Phil Rogers said the Cubs are “making a strong run at signing second baseman Kaz Matsui“….
Here’s the rest of the latest, including Kosuke Fukudome signing with an agent….
Kosuke Fukudome met with the Tokyo Giants earlier in the week and is contemplating staying in Japan. Ken Rosenthal reported Fukudome would not make a decision until after Thanksgiving. Fukudome signed on with Steve Hilliard and Joe Urbon of Octagon. Fukudome recently signed with the agency, as well as Hiroki Kuroda, according to the New York Daily News. The Rangers are the newest team on the block rumored to be interested in Fukudome but a report on Rangers.com mentioned Fukudome filling a need in centerfield.
Phil Rogers speculates if the Cubs sign Kaz Matsui then Mark DeRosa “becomes a part of the right field picture.”
The Brewers have talked to the agents for Jason Kendall according to the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel. Doug Melvin is not interested in Michael Barrett because Barrett is a Type A free agent and would cost the Brewers a first round draft pick….Kendall is a Type B free agent, the team that signs Kendall would surrender their second round pick to the Cubs.
From Around the League….
Phil Rogers is the latest to report Francisco Cordero is looking for a 4-year, $43 million dollar contract. The Brewers have not made any progress toward a new deal with Cordero. The Milwaukee Journal Sentinel speculated that if Cordero is looking for a 4-year, $43 million dollar contract it would be “doubtful” Doug Melvin would offer Cordero a deal for that many years for that amount of money.
The Diamondbacks are interested in Matt Clement according to the Arizona Republic. Clement has not pitched since June of 2006 since signing with the Red Sox before the 2005 season.
With Yorvit Torrealba off the market, the Rockies and Marlins are interested in signing Michael Barrett.
The Phillies released Tadahito Iguchi.
David Eckstein is looking for a 4-year, $36 million dollar contract according to the New York Daily News.
The Astros reached an agreement with Geoff Blum.