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Japanese star Fukudome coming to Chicago to play for Cubs

Updated: December 12, 2007, 8:42 AM ET
ESPN.com news services

CHICAGO -- Japanese outfielder Kosuke Fukudome and the Chicago Cubs reached a preliminary agreement Tuesday on a $48 million, four-year contract.

The deal is subject to a physical, according to a person familiar with the negotiations who spoke on condition of anonymity because no announcement had been made. The agreement could be finalized as early as Wednesday.

ESPN 1000 radio in Chicago first reported the agreement.

Fukudome was considered one of the best outfielders ...

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