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Kosuke Fukudome Signs With Cubs

UPDATE, 12-11-07 at 10:43pm: MLB.com's Carrie Muskat says the deal is for four years and $48MM.

FROM 12-11-07 at 9:40pm:

Dave Kaplan of WGN Radio reports that the Cubs have signed Kosuke Fukudome to a four-year deal.  Kaplan says it's for about $50MM, maybe a hair more.  Fukudome will be a free agent after the fourth year; there will be no arbitration.

The Cubs got their man for right field; he'll provide a strong dose of OBP.  The quality of available right fielders drops off drastically after Fukudome.  The deal isn't without risk, obviously, since Fukudome is untested in the Majors.  Peter Gammons talked to a GM who described Fukudome as "a cross between Ichiro and a young, healthy Mark Kotsay."


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