Will Fukudome's Struggles Lead To Another Move?

Josh TollesonCorrespondent IJuly 20, 2008

We haven't heard sirens go off in the Windy City yet, but is it time to consider panic mode for Kosuke Fukudome?

Since June 20th, Kosukue's average has dropped from .298 to .275 and his on-base percentage has dropped from .431 to .401.

Unfortunately, his power and RBI production have decreased as well, only belting 2 homers and 5 RBIs in that span. He's only had 7 multi-RBI games this season, the last coming June 11th against Atlanta.

Lou Piniella moved Kosuke down to 7th in the lineup Saturday night, signifying the Cubs are willing to swap Kosuke around due to his struggles.

With Soriano due back very soon, will Lou's original plan of keeping Kosuke # 2 still remain? Or will Theriot slide back to his familiar spot?

With the trade deadline less than two weeks away, the question arises:

Will the Cubs make another move before the All-Star break?

In my opinion, I find it doubtful they'll trade for another outfielder. They'll ride out Kosuke's struggles and hope for the best.

Let's just hope this is just Kosuke's big slump of the season and he rebounds with a big Fall.

Here's to optimism, Cub fans!

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