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Since the club went 66-96 in 2006, Hendry has signed free agents Alfonso Soriano, Ted Lilly, Mark DeRosa and Kosuke Fukudome while making key in-season acquisitions last season such as Reed Johnson (in March), Jim Edmonds (May) and Rich Harden (July). He also hired manager Lou Piniella and agreed to long-term contracts with third baseman Aramis Ramirez and Zambrano.
The Cubs are 537-513 since Hendry was promoted to general manager on July 5, 2002, and have had winning records in four of his six full seasons while making three playoff appearances.
Hendry said he had talked with Fukudome, who made the All-Star team and then slumped greatly in the second half, losing playing time at the end of the season because of his hitting woes.
Hendry said Fukudome will have to earn his job back.
"He's not lacking bat speed, he's not aging or out of shape. We did talk about the learning process, and he'll be on a program in the offseason and do some things he feels that could make him better," Hendry said. "He knows he has to earn everyday status and get his job back."
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