At least four teams are zeroing in on Cubs outfielder Kosuke Fukudome, major league sources tell Bruce Levine of ESPNChicago.com. A major league source tells Levine that Fukudome has a limited no-trade clause in his deal that allows him to block trades to six teams.
The Indians are reportedly one of the clubs interested in Fukudome's services though it is unknown if they are on the veteran's no-trade list. Fukudome, 34, will be owed $4.3MM as of August 1st and the Cubs would likely pay some of that money for the right prospects in return. This is the final season of Fukudome's four-year, $48MM contract.