By the time you read this, Kosuke Fukudome is likely to be a Cleveland Indian. SI.com's Jon Heyman has most of the necessary details:
theres agreement on fukudome to #indians, w/ just logistics to go. #cubs paying vast majority of fuku's $5M. #tradedeadline
The Cubs will receive two prospects from Cleveland, according to Cleveland Plain Dealer beat Writer Paul Hoynes:
#Indians prospects going to Cubs for Fukudome include one pitcher, one position player.
Hoynes further reported that the prospects would be "one upper level, one lower level". Meanwhile, Carrie Muskat tweets:
If Fukudome is dealt, Tyler Colvin could be called up to #Cubs
Fukudome was never quite the player everyone hoped he would be when he was signed to the multiyear deal before the 2008 season. He showed good plate discipline most of the time and played plus defense. But he never had much power, and his helicopter swing drove most of us crazy. It's time for the Cubs to move on, and they did. I think more deals are coming.
On to another important current topic.
In recent days I have posted some information I was told, mostly in confidence. Some of you have criticized doing that, and you do have some justification for doing so. I wish I could tell everyone here more, but I will not compromise my sources or betray trusts. That's the quickest way to NOT be trusted.
In any case, the point of this is twofold: first, I do still believe there will be some moves made by the Cubs before Sunday -- and maybe even after, because some of the moveable pieces on this team will clear waivers and can be traded during August, as Derrek Lee was last year.
The other point I wanted to make is this. While you may look at some of my information with skepticism, you might want to do the same with things you see elsewhere, particularly on Twitter. Remember that a couple of weeks ago, during the All-Star break, someone created a fake Twitter account posing as Mark Saxon, a reporter for ESPN Los Angeles, and tweeted that Aramis Ramirez was about to be sent to the Angels. This was picked up by sports talk radio stations -- it turned out to be false. I'd link to the fake tweets, but the account has been deleted.
Something similar happened earlier this week -- a fake Carlos Pena account was created, claiming he had been traded to the Yankees, something also picked up by some radio stations. Guess what? That account's been deleted, too.
And if you want to see how much havoc a fake tweeter can do, check out what one person did on Twitter this week after NFL free agency began and how fake tweets can cause all sorts of wrong and false information to get out.
Question what I write? Fine, but don't believe every breathless tweet you see, either. Especially this week.
Since I am on the road to Milwaukee right now, as you read this, I'm unable to post today's lineups. If you find them, post them in the comments. This is also a reminder that today's game recap will be delayed until after I return from Milwaukee, so probably early evening.
|Today's Starting Pitchers|
|2011 - Randy Wells||2-3||11||11||0||0||0||0||58.1||71||41||40||10||27||40||6.17||1.68|
|2011 - Shaun Marcum||9-3||21||21||0||0||0||0||123.2||101||48||46||15||36||110||3.35||1.11|
Randy Wells had one of his better post-DL starts against the Brewers, on June 14 at Wrigley Field, allowing three runs (two earned) in six innings. The Cubs even won the game! (Sad, that I have to actually post that.) Current Brewers, though, are hitting .342 against Randy (39-for-114), so he'll have to bring his best game today.
Shaun Marcum has never faced the Cubs. The only current Cubs he has faced are Marlon Byrd (0-for-4) and Carlos Pena (1-for-12). Marcum's also left a couple of starts early with shoulder and neck trouble this year. Who knows when that might happen again?
Today's game is on WGN and FSN Wisconsin. Here is the complete MLB.com Mediacenter for today.
Today's first pitch thread will be up at 1:10 p.m. CDT and the overflow threads will post at 2 pm, 3 pm and 3:45 pm CDT. If you need more overflows due to extra innings or rain delays, post them in the fanshot section.
Discuss amongst yourselves.