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Cubs, Fukudome reach preliminary deal, pending physical

Updated: December 12, 2007, 8:26 PM ET
Associated Press

CHICAGO -- The Cubs reeled in another marquee free agent, reaching a preliminary agreement with Japanese star Kosuke Fukudome on a four-year, $48 million deal to be their right fielder.

It was just last offseason the Cubs went on a $300 million spending spree, the bulk of that on an eight-year, $136 million contract for free agent Alfonso Soriano. Chicago went on to win the NL Central but was swept out of the playoffs in the first round by the Arizona Diamondbacks.

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