The Cubs traded Kosuke Fukedome on Thursday to the Cleveland Indians for a pair of minor league contracts. It is also being reported the Cubs will pick up somewhere between $2.5-4 million dollars of the remaining $5 millions he is owed this season.
The Indians sent minor league outfielder Abner Abreu and pitcherCarlton Smith for the 34 year old outfielder who is in the final year of his four year $48 million contract.
Kosuke was supposed to be the next great player to come over from Japan and got folks very excited when he hit a homer to tie the game late on opening day in his first game but fast starts proved to be his game. Fukudome would always start the season great and then by the end of the year couldn't hit water if he fell out of a boat. He will be the 4th outfielder for the Tribe and be insurance if Grady Sizemore is unable to return in a few weeks.
For his career he has played in 87 games with 1651 at bats. He has scored 236 runs with 432 hits. He strikeouts more then he walks and like I said before usually ends the season very poorly but he is having perhaps his most even season yet so maybe the move will pay off. He is a decent defensive outfielder but lacks the speed to be a threat on the basepath. I would expect him to get a start every now and then against a righty but be used mostly as a defensive replacement since he could play either corner or even center if needed.
Fukudome will probably be most remembered by Cubs fans for his 1-10 playoff performance with 4 strikeouts in the 2008 playoffs. Does anyone know why Lou even put him in the lineup?
Tyler Colvin who has struggled this season was called up from Triple A and should receive most of the playing time in right field for the remainder of the season. He could also potentially see some time at first depending on what happens with Carlos Pena before the July 31st trading deadline.