The Cubs are trying to peddle Fukudome to the Red Sox

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Missed this when it came around, but Sean McAdam reported late Wednesday night that the Cubs recently approached the Red Sox to “gauge their interest” in Kosuke Fukudome.  The Red Sox have some holes in the outfield and Fukudome is versatile, but they passed all the same.

Which makes sense given that Fukudome is owed a boatload of money this year and next and can’t really, you know, play baseball all that well.  Indeed, I’m trying to figure out how that conversation even goes:

“Hey Theo! Jim Hendry here! Look, I don’t have a ton of time to talk, but I have a proposition for you: I’m looking to trade my overpriced, underperforming Japanese player who irritates my fan base. You interested? What? What do you mean you already have one . . .”

Shohei Ohtani no longer facing Masahiro Tanaka on Sunday at Yankee Stadium

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Shohei Ohtani has essentially become the Angels’ designated Sunday starting pitcher, but Angels manager Mike Scioscia announced Thursday morning that the 23-year-old two-way Japanese star will be skipped in the rotation this weekend at Yankee Stadium for “workload management” purposes.

Ohtani is fine to continue hitting, so there’s no sense of any physical ailment.

This decision will rob us — and the Japanese media — of a showdown between Ohtani and countrymate Masahiro Tanaka. And for that we are rather devastated, but you can understand the Angels’ concerns about overuse.

Ohtani has registered a 3.35 ERA, 1.066 WHIP, and 52/14 K/BB ratio through his first 40 1/3 innings (seven starts) as a major league pitcher and he’s slashing .308/.364/.582 with six home runs and 19 RBI in 26 games as a part-time DH.