According to multiple reports, the Cubs have agreed to trade Kosuke Fukudome to the Cleveland Indians for two minor league prospects. The Cubs will reportedly pick up more than half of the remaining $4.7 million owed to Fukudome.
The deal is expected to be finalized prior to today’s game against the Milwaukee Brewers. Tyler Colvin is expected to replace Fukudome on the active roster once the trade is made official.
Updated: 11:15am CDT – According to multiple reports, the Cubs have agreed to trade Kosuke Fukudome to the Cleveland Indians for two minor league prospects, OF Abner Abreu and P Carlton Smith.
The Cubs will reportedly pay $3.9 million of the $4.6 million remaining on the final year of Fukudome’s contract. The deal has not been made official and Fukudome is in Thursday’s starting lineup. Tyler Colvin is expected to take Fukudome’s spot on the Cubs active roster. According to Jayson Stark, the only hang-up left in Fukudome deal appears to be minor perks in exchange for waiving no-trade clause.
Will update as more information is made available …
Updated 9:50am CDT – According to Jon Paul Morosi, the Indians are one of the 15 teams (previously reported as six teams) that Fukudome can block a trade to.
According to the Cleveland Plain Dealer, the Cubs will receive an upper level and lower level prospect for Fukudome.