Fukudome Being Shopped?

According to a report from Dave Kaplan, Jim Hendry “has been extremely active in trying to move Kosuke Fukudome.” According to Kaplan, the Cubs would like to open up regular playing time for Tyler Colvin.

Kosuke Fukudome is “owed approximately $8 million for the remainder of this season and an additional $14 million for 2011.”

According to Kaplan’s sources, “Jim Hendry has offered to pick up the bulk of the remaining dollars on the 2010 commitments and half of the money in 2011.” Hendry has not found any takers yet.

Kosuke Fukudome has been one of the many problems this season. After posting a .344/.443/.641/1.084 line in April with four doubles and five homers, Fukudome finished May with a .253/.348/.367/.715 line (four doubles, a triple and a home run). So far this month, Fukudome is hitting .229/.270/.286/.556 in 11 games with a triple.

Fukudome is owed the remainder of his $13 million salary for this season … and $13.5 million in 2011.

Kaplan also reported that Cubs upper management “is being extremely patient despite the poor performance of the Cubs so far in 2010.” The Cubs “will wait a few more weeks and evaluate the club’s position at that time before they determine a course of action” leading up to the trade deadline on July 31.

During his pre-game show Tuesday night, Lou Piniella mentioned the importance of the next 20 games … and that the final stretch leading up to the All-Star break will determine how the team approaches the second half.

Stay Tuned …

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