Wednesday, November 10, 2010

More sushi please (updated)

Phil Rogers has reported that the Cubs and Red Sox are discussing a possible deal.

Involving who you ask?

Well, the trade involves the Cubs most likely trade target this off-season, Kosuke.

The Red Sox are supposedly going to give up Daisuke Matsuzaka.

It is obvious there is still a long way to go before this deal could possibly be made, and it is unlikely these will be the only two players involved in it.

Daisuke has had one really good season for the Red Sox since coming over from Japan…and 3 really blah seasons. He’s had a number of problems consistently throwing strikes and staying healthy. He’ll only be 29 in 2011, but considering his injury history since coming over and the ridiculous number of innings he threw while in Japan, he may have a much older arm than his age would show.

Daisuke is owed $10 million over the next two seasons. With a swap of Kosuke and Daisuke, the Cubs would get a $3 million savings in 2011…but then the Cubs would still be on the hook for $10 million in 2012. I’m not sure I’d be too happy with that.

My guess is that the Cubs would be looking to trade a starting pitcher along with Fukudome to get this deal done…possibly Gorzelanny or Wells.


A number of sources, including Peter Gammons, are claiming that the Red Sox aren't willing to trade Daisuke to the Cubs.

Phil Rogers is wrong again.