WBEZ | Kosuke Fukudome http://www.wbez.org/tags/kosuke-fukudome Latest from WBEZ Chicago Public Radio en Indians acquire Fukudome from Cubs http://www.wbez.org/story/indians-acquire-fukudome-cubs-89772 <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/story/photo/2011-July/2011-07-28/RS2818_AP080331020448-Fukudome Charles Rex Arbogast.jpg" alt="" /><p><p>The Cleveland Indians have acquired outfielder&nbsp;Kosuke Fukudome from the Chicago Cubs to help their sagging&nbsp;offense.&nbsp;</p><p>The Indians dealt Triple-A right-hander Carlton Smith and&nbsp;Class-A outfielder Abner Abreu for Fukudome on Thursday, a day&nbsp;after being no-hit by the Angels Ervin Santana.</p><p>The Indians also received cash in the deal. The 34-year-old&nbsp;Fukudome is being paid $13.5 million in 2011.&nbsp;</p><p>Fukudome is batting .279 with three homers and 13 RBIs in 87&nbsp;games this season. In 513 games overall since the Cubs signed him&nbsp;to a four-year, $48 million deal as a much-sought free agent from&nbsp;Japan in 2008, he has hit .262 with 37 homers and 169 RBIs.&nbsp;</p><p>Outfielder Travis Buck was designated for assignment to clear&nbsp;roster room in Cleveland. &nbsp; &nbsp;&nbsp;</p></p> Thu, 28 Jul 2011 17:06:00 -0500 http://www.wbez.org/story/indians-acquire-fukudome-cubs-89772