Cubs Rumors: Fukudome, Prior

UPDATE, 12-4-07 at 11:58pm: MetsBlog’s Matthew Cerrone says there is "very minimal buzz"that the Mets may have inquired on Prior.

UPDATE, 12-4-07 at 7:04pm: Tasty rumor morsel: Geoff Baker of the Seattle Times says Fukudome is "almost certainly" going to sign with the Cubs.

UPDATE, 12-4-07 at 12:20pm:  Some new stuff from ESPN Radio 1000’s Bruce Levine.

  • The Cubs have talked to the Royals about Mark Teahen; the Royals like Matt Murton.
  • Levine says there’s nothing to the Josh Hamilton rumor.

FROM 12-4-07 at 12:11pm:

Gordon Wittenmyer of the Chicago Sun-Times discusses the rumors around the Cubs.

  • Wittenmyer implies that Kosuke Fukudome could get a deal similar to Torii Hunter‘s – five years, $90MM.  That’s not in line with what’s been said so far, plus Fukudome has said he wants three years and not more.
  • The Padres are the frontrunner to acquire Mark Prior, but Dusty Baker’s Reds are also interested.  The Reds idea first surfaced here.  The Padres, though, have made many deals with the Cubs over the past few years as Jim Hendry and Kevin Towers work well together.

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