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 . . .”
Ken Rosenthal reports that Ian Kinsler is signing with the San Diego Padres on a two-year, $8 million deal.
A surprising multi-year deal for Kinsler, who will turn 37 next season, but it’s a pretty low financial outlay for the Padres. An understandably low one following a year in which Kinsler hit just .240/.301/.380 with 14 home runs and 16 stolen bases for the Angels and Red Sox. He can still pick it at the keystone, however, taking home Gold Glove honors there last season. He’ll turn 37 next June.
Kinsler will likely bump Luis Urias from second to short until top prospect Fernando Tatis, Jr. is called up to San Diego, at which point one presumes Urias will then, in turn, bump Kinsler off of second base into a bench role, at least if Urias performs. Given that Kinsler will not make much money on this deal, it’s not something the Padres are likely to sweat.