Indians Acquire Kosuke Fukudome From The Cubs

Indians Acquire Fukudome From Chicago
Indians Acquire Fukudome From Chicago

The Indians have acquired Cubs outfielder Kosuke Fukudome.  The right fielder is hitting .273 with 3 homers and 13 RBI this season, with an on-base percentage of .374 in 87 games.

Fukudome will play in right field for the Tribe until Shin-Soo Choo comes back from a fractured thumb.  Choo could be back in two to three weeks.

The Indians are sending two minor league players to Chicago for Fukudome, outfielder Abner Abreu and pitcher Carlton Smith.

Abreu, who plays in Single-A Kinston, is hitting .244 with 12 homers and 35 RBI this season.  While Smith is 2-3 with 2 saves and a 4.50 ERA in Triple-A Columbus.

To make room for Fukudome, the Indians designated outfielder Travis Buck for assignment.

The Cubs will pick up most of Fukudome's $4.7 million salary for 2011.  The Cleveland Plain Dealer is reporting the Indians will pay Fukudome only $775,000 for the remainder of the season.

He will become a free agent after the season if the Indians don't sign him before November 15.

Fukudome has played four seasons with Chicago, hitting .262 with 37 homers and 162 RBI's.