According to a report from Bruce Levine, “at least four teams are zeroing in on Kosuke Fukudome”. Levine has reported the Indians interest in Fukudome for a couple of weeks and reiterated Cleveland’s interest in Kosuke again on Sunday.
Kosuke Fukudome has a limited no-trade clause and can block a deal to six teams. It is unknown if Cleveland is one of the teams on his list. Bruce Levine reported that the Indians are “one of several teams that have a focus on bringing in a veteran outfielder” and Fukudome “may fit the bill.” The Cubs will owe Fukudome around $4.3 million by August 1. It is possible the Cubs will send cash in any deal involving Fukudome depending on the player (or players) they could receive in return for Fukudome.
Kosuke Fukudome hit just .229/.315/.385 in 28 games in June with seven doubles, a triple and two home runs. Prior to Sunday’s game against the Astros, Fukudome’s line in July was .259/.322/.352 with three doubles and a triple in 15 games.
Fukudome was 1-for-4 with a walk on Sunday in what could have been his last home game at Wrigley.
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