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The Cubs began the 2010 season with an interesting experiment underway in right field. It was a tale of two lefties, a veteran who had not lived up to lofty expectations and a rookie who surprised most by making the active roster out of spring training. A rare lefty/lefty outfield platoon.
The plan was to play Kosuke most of the time and get Colvin a couple starts a week. At year's end, the two actually finished with an even 358 at-bats and Colvin probably would have had more if his season wasn't ended prematurely after getting struck by a broken bat late in September.
Fukudome displays superb defense and is able to get on-base, but that will not be enough to earn him the full-time gig in 2011. Colvin's power and potential will earn him a lot of playing time and therefore it's time to make a move.
Fukudome is owed $13.5MM in 2011 (the last year of his contract). His hefty salary will be difficult to move and the Cubs will have to eat about half of his contract, but it can be done.
If Kosuke is moved, it would be ideal to bring in a right-handed fourth outfielder who could get at-bats in right field and left field. Reed Johnson, Lastings Milledge, Randy Winn and Gary Matthews Jr. could all be inexpensive options.
These moves let the Cubs get something in return for Fukudome before he hits free agency along with saving the team a couple million dollars.