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thoughts on free agents

with the signing of Kosuke Fukudome official today it got me wondering who, if anyone, is a japanese born player that is a free agent.  after looking I found that indeed three are available, and two could help and the third wouldnt be bad on a minor league deal as a just in case.  They are So Taguchi, Akinori Otsuka and Tomo Ohka.  The only reason I suggest any of them would be to make Kosuke's transition easier by having a fellow japanese speaking teammate.  so the question is do you want any of those three on the 2008 cubs team.

I think Taguchi would be a great fourth or fifth outfielder and can play all three spots and has some good speed.  I think if the price is right an arm like Otsuka could be a valuable pen arm, even if he misses some early time from healing the injured elbow.  And finally Ohka as a minor league arm with major league experience helps Iowa, helps Kosuke during spring training, and helps the cubs if they are faced with a major injury or huge hole in the rotation.  

I would imagine that So and Tomo could be signed to deals for a combined 2 million with So getting 1.3 or 1.4 of that and Otsuka could be had for maybe 2 years 4 or 5 guarenteed with all sorts of options obtainable plateaus.

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