Phil Rogers of the Chicago Tribune tweeted earlier today that the Cubs have been “kicking around” the idea of swapping outfielder Kosuke Fukudome in a package for Red Sox right-hander Daisuke Matsuzaka. If the Cubs have indeed been exploring such a deal, they should stop now.
Whether you prefer MLB Network’s Peter Gammons, the Boston Herald’s Michael Silverman or Sean McAdam of CSN New England, the Red Sox are saying through a variety of sources that they have no interest in a swap.
Matsuzaka has struggled through the past few seasons in a Red Sox uniform and is probably going to be shopped around the league this winter, but Fukudome simply doesn’t fit with Boston’s roster makeup.
Fukudome is owed $13.5 million next season and would only serve as a platoon player in the Sox’s already crowded and talented outfield.
The Diamondbacks announced that the club optioned starter Matt Koch to Triple-A Reno after Tuesday night’s game. According to Nick Piecoro of Azcentral Sports, Shelby Miller will likely be activated from the 60-day disabled list to start against the Marlins on Monday.
Miller, 27, has been out since late April of 2017 after undergoing and rehabilitating from Tommy John surgery. The right-hander has had a rough time since coming to the Diamondbacks in a trade with the Braves, starting 24 games since the beginning of the 2016 season with a 5.78 ERA and a 90/54 K/BB ratio in 123 innings.
That trade, consummated on December 9, 2015, is certainly one the D-Backs would like to take back. They received Miller and Gabe Speier from the Braves and gave up Ender Inciarte, Dansby Swanson, and Aaron Blair.
Koch, 27, made 12 starts and one relief appearance this season, compiling a 4.40 ERA with a 38/17 K/BB ratio in 71 2/3 innings.