Kosuke Fukudome and the Chicago Cubs agreed on a 4-year $48 million contract pending a physical. That's quite a sum of money for an untested Major League player. I know the Japanese league has thrown over some quality players, but that is also the league that Cecil Fielder, Kevin Mitchell, and others went to further their careers. The quality of the league is debatable, but I figure it to be a little better than AAA. The guy is already 30 years old and may be on his downside of his career.
Also, the Astros traded for the 31-year old Miguel Tejada from the Orioles for 5 players. The Orioles will get outfielder Luke Scott, pitchers Matt Albers, Troy Patton and Dennis Sarfate, and third baseman Michael Costanzo. The Orioles really look to start the rebuilding immediately with prospects and maybe get more prospects with a deal for Bedard.
It appears that the Cubs are not risking as much with Fukudome that the Astros are with Tejada. The Cubs have the money but will Fukudome be any good here? The Astros really look like they are trying to play for 2008 and they are unloading the farm system to prove it. Maybe the Astros could be very good this year, but it is quite doubtful with their lack of talent. I really hope this means that the Astros will be bad for years to come with deals like this.
The Mitchell Report comes out tomorrow at 2:00 et and I hope his name is on it. I wouldn't be surprised to see Bagwell's name on it either if it targets former players. These moves seem to be way worse than the amount of money the Reds spent on Cordero.