I know that’s what everyone is itching to hear come over the wire. As you know, he’s a free agent with good power and tremendous plate discipline from the left side, which seems to fill the exact need the Cubs have in that spot. That being said, the Cubs aren’t the only team out there with interest in him. My question to you today, and I’d love to see a lot of feedback on this, is:

What will the Cubs do in RF if they DON’T get Fukudome this off-season?

My guess is that they’ll have a couple of options.

1) Move DeRosa to RF and either start Fontenot at 2B or step up the efforts to get Kaz Matsui if he’s still available.

2) Play Murton in RF and roll the dice

3) Seek outside help via trade or free agency. One name I could almost bet they would consider would be Geoff Jenkins, who would be akin to the Jeromy Burnitz experiment.

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