The Cleveland Indians added a bat to their depleted outfield Thursday, trading two prospects to the Chicago Cubs for Kosuke Fukudome.
With three-time All-Star Grady Sizemore on the shelf for up to six weeks following abdominal surgery and and Shin-Soo Choo also on the DL, the Indians needed a hitter to fill the void in their lineup and the outfield.
Hitting .273 through Wednesday, Fukudome’s average is up from his first three seasons in Chicago, but his power numbers — three home runs, 13 RBI — are significantly down.
The Indians sent minor league pitcher Carlton Smith and an outfielder Abner Abreu back to Chicago in the deal. The Cubs will reportedly cover all but $775,000 of the $4.7 million they owe Fukudome for the rest of 2011, sources told ESPN’s Buster Olney.
The Indians are currently two games back of Detroit in the AL Central race and have lost five of six.