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Indians deal for Cubs' Fukudome

Posted on: July 28, 2011 10:24 am
Edited on: July 28, 2011 12:31 pm
 
Kosuke FukudomeBy Danny Knobler

The slumping Indians have acquired outfielder Kosuke Fukudome from the Cubs.

The 34-year-old Fukudome has been mostly a disappointment in his time with the Cubs, but he has a .374 on-base percentage this year, and is in the final year of his contract. The Indians will give up two low-level and low-value prospects in exchange (Abner Abreu and Carlton Smith), and the Cubs will pay most of the remaining money on Fukudome's contract.

In other words, this is the kind of low-risk acquisition that fits the surprising Indians the best.

The Indians were no-hit on Wednesday by the AngelsErvin Santana, and they've scored just seven runs in their last five games. They remain just one game behind the Tigers in the American League Central, despite going just 22-35 in their last 57 games.

The Indians are in a somewhat tricky situation. They want to show their players and fans (attendance has been up at Progressive Field) that they're trying to make the most of this surprising opportunity to win, but at the same time they need to preserve their best prospects in order to have an even better chance to win big in the years to come. So while the Indians showed interest in both Carlos Beltran and Ubaldo Jimenez, the two biggest names on the trade market, a deal for either one never seemed likely, and wouldn't have made much sense.

Fukudome costs much, much less in prospects, but could give the Indians at least an incremental boost.

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Since: Dec 2, 2007
Posted on: July 29, 2011 1:09 am
 

Indians deal for Cubs' Fukudome

Not sure what the Indians are doing acquiring a player who has been a waste of space in an underperforming outfield. Surely they have AA players who could contribute more than Fukudome's 3-homer power and 13-RBI run producing instincts. The balance of power in the AL Central will continue to tilt away from the Jake because the Indians have added another automatic out to their anemic offense.



Since: Aug 24, 2006
Posted on: July 28, 2011 1:49 pm
 

Indians deal for Cubs' Fukudome

"will miss" and fukudome shouldn't be used in the same sentence, unless you're speaking of swinging at pitches.



Since: Nov 20, 2006
Posted on: July 28, 2011 1:00 pm
 

Indians deal for Cubs' Fukudome

Cubs will miss his defense , and thats about it. Now we need to dump Soriano on someone



Since: Nov 20, 2006
Posted on: July 28, 2011 12:59 pm
 

Indians deal for Cubs' Fukudome

Cubs will miss his defense , and thats about it. Now we need to dump Soriano on someone



Since: Nov 20, 2006
Posted on: July 28, 2011 12:58 pm
 

Indians deal for Cubs' Fukudome

Will miss His defense, thats about it...Now to shed Soriano


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