Based on Japanese media reports overnight that Japanese free agent Kosuke Fukudome has told the Yomiuri Giants of Tokyo that he doesn't plan to sign with them, the outfielder's formal announcement that he's coming to the U.S. should come Monday.
And a deal with the Cubs? They're the front-runners in a four-team group of finalists that includes the White Sox, San Diego Padres and Texas Rangers.
Fukudome's agent said Friday that when/if his client ceclared his U.S. intentions, a deal could come together very quickly. Could make him a Cub by mid-to-late week.
The big question left to answer: How much for the latest version of the top hitter in Japan?