I went to bed last night with visions of an Asian man playing the outfield for the Cubs this season. Everything I read said the decision would be coming late last night. I awoke with yet another story from ESPN saying the decision was coming soon. If ESPN can’t seem to get it right, why are they spouting information in the first place. From what I’ve gathered, the decision is expected sometime today as to if Fukudome is coming to America. From there, his agent has said he will take another day or so to decide on an offer from an MLB team, assuming he decides to come over.

That being said, we probably won’t be the site that reports it first, but when something does happen, I’ll do my best to chime in with some commentary.

Update: This article from Japan Today makes it seem clear he’s coming the MLB

The Yomiuri Giants have abandoned their chase for Kosuke Fukudome, making it certain that the former Chunichi Dragons outfielder will now pursue a career in the major leagues.

“We had looked vigorously at acquiring him but gave up on our efforts after taking into account all of the moves for him, including information from the major league winter meeting,” Yomiuri club representative Hidetoshi Kiyotake said. The Chicago Cubs and Kansas City Royals are believed to be among the major league clubs aiming for the services of Fukudome, who is expected to draw an offer exceeding 1 billion yen per year.

(Source)

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