The Cleveland Indians have acquired outfielder Kosuke Fukudome from the Chicago Cubs to help their sagging offense.
The Indians dealt Triple-A right-hander Carlton Smith and Class-A outfielder Abner Abreu for Fukudome on Thursday, a day after being no-hit by the Angels Ervin Santana.
The Indians also received cash in the deal. The 34-year-old Fukudome is being paid $13.5 million in 2011.
Fukudome is batting .279 with three homers and 13 RBIs in 87 games this season. In 513 games overall since the Cubs signed him to a four-year, $48 million deal as a much-sought free agent from Japan in 2008, he has hit .262 with 37 homers and 169 RBIs.
Outfielder Travis Buck was designated for assignment to clear roster room in Cleveland.
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