From the Wire … Cubs Agree on Deal to Send Fukudome to the Indians

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 CDTAccording 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 CDTAccording 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.

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  • daverj

    I can’t imagine we’re getting anything more than bottom tier “prospects”.  Fukudome had little trade value.

    • http://www.facebook.com/people/Richard-Hood/100000706523521 Richard Hood

      It is suppose to be 2 prospects but no one has said who the prospects are yet.

  • Kojak Osborne Jr.

    Neil , so does  this mean  that Tyler Colovin is coming back to the majors.

    • The Maven

      Bruce Levine reported about a week ago that Colvin would be back by August 1st. Let’s see if a blind squirrel can find a nut.

      • Kojak Osborne Jr.

        lol thanks for the update

    • http://chicagocubsonline.com/ Neil

      Yes

      • Kojak Osborne Jr.

        Thanks Neil

  • cubtex

    One prospect is supposedly upper level and other lower level.

  • cmschube

    Carlton Smith and Abner Abreu go to Chicago for Fuku and half of his salary.

    http://www.mlbtraderumors.com/2011/07/indians-in-serious-talks-for-kosuke-fukudome.html

    • Cloycub13

      If true, Smith is a solid pitch to contact pitcher with a good velocity. 25 Years Old Right Hander. Here is the info on an Indians Prospect Page (Indians Prospect Insider)
      http://www.indiansprospectinsider.com/2009/02/indians-top-100-prospects-58-carlton.html

      Abreu is the centerpiece of this deal, and the Cubs just added a power corner infield bat. Same site cited.  
      http://www.indiansprospectinsider.com/2009/03/indians-top-100-prospects-15-abner.html

      • cubtex

        Abreu has been playing outfield for high A ball. He was just named Indians minor league player of the week last week. Has some potential. We got back more fir Fuko than I thought they could.

        • Cloycub13

          Site may also be outdated LOL.

          • http://www.facebook.com/people/Richard-Hood/100000706523521 Richard Hood

            2008 ……………. just a little outdated

          • Cloycub13

            Ok OK I have to admit I got excited and looked at the first thing that displayed their names and real info.

        • gocubs

          Fukudome is the 3rd most productive Japanese MLB position player of all
          time with 8.7 WAR.  Ichiro and Hideki Matsui are #1 and #2

      • gocubs

        Both of these are low level prospects.

    • http://www.facebook.com/people/Richard-Hood/100000706523521 Richard Hood

      where are you getting the names from. Still haven’t seen anywhere that gives the prospects?

    • Tom U

      If Abner Abreu is included, don’t undersell his abilities just yet. The Cubs’ organization has solid instruction at their lower levels. Managers Casey Kopitzke and Buddy Bailey, along with hitting coaches Barbaro Garbey and Ricardo Medina, have helped many prospects.

      Here are two examples: The organization acquired an undisciplined free-swinger in Evan Crawford last year. Coaching helped turn him into a potential batting champion at Daytona. They also acquired Michael Burgess, who had been relying on his natural power. After a rough start, Burgess is batting .324 over his last ten games and over .400 in his last five.

      • http://www.facebook.com/people/Richard-Hood/100000706523521 Richard Hood

        I was going to mention how hot Burgess has been. Good update as always Tom. Still keep trying to talk neil into letting us be correspondents to winter ball!!!!!

  • John_CC

    Now Quade has his excuse to try DeWitt in RF…”Wittie has played a real solid left field for us…there’s no reason he can’t play right…” and he can finally platoon Baker and DeWitt in RF!  His dream!

    • Mike1040

      I hope Quadsie tries Colvie enough for him to make the necessary adjustments for hitting at this level this time. Hopefully Wittie, Sorry, and Hillsie will be traded next. It will be good to have Colvie here to work with Jarmie.

  • Aaron

    If it’s true about Smith and Abreu, I’m indifferent. It gets a big ‘ole MEH

    Anyway, Smith is a crappy AAA pitcher without any stats that stand out. Abreu is a free swinger with 12 hr, 35 RBI, 22 walks, 102 K’s, .244/.294/.429

    He’s got decent speed, and is still just 21 at high-A, but he’s Rule 5 eligible, (there’s no chance of any team picking him up though). 

    I believe the problem is, the Indians really don’t have many attractive prospects, so this is probably the best they could do.

    I’m ecstatic, however, that they were able to rid themselves of Fukudome. He was a lousy player for the Cubs, especially as a RF, a traditional run producing position.

    Here’s hoping Quade doesn’t insert Baker into RF everyday now. (which he likely will), and actually play Colvin

    • Cloycub13

      I suppose the site that I looked on was hyping their prospects a bit. It is something. And at least we are ridded of a overpriced marginal player. It is a small step in what appears to be a very long road to recovery.

    • daverj

      Aaron’s analysis of these prospects is spot on.  Nothing much to see here.    I suppose Abreu could develop into a decent 4th outfielder, but that’s about it.  At least it clears the way for regular AB’s for Colvin. 

      • J Daniel

        Yes, hopefully Colvin gets another long look.  I suspect he will bomb though.

    • cubtex

      Remember…this is for Fuko. He is not an impact player so at least they got back a 21 year old with some obvious tools. Like you….I sm just happy for Fuko to be gone.

      • paulcatanese

        I am also happy that he is gone, but for a different reason, he is now going to be out of the zoo of Quade and JH. And Colvin replacing him in RF, well a lesser bat and glove,(at this point) only one direction for for RF to go — UP.
        But we will see Baker or DeWitt in right,depending on the pitcher that day.

        • cubtex

          Fuko was not going to be part of team next year. He should be moved but I am disappointed the Cubs have to pick up 3.9 million and Cleveland is only responsible for 775 K.

          • paulcatanese

            Agree, but it’s a start,a small one and maybe Ricketts can get in the habit.

          • J Daniel

            Having to pick up 3.9 million shows you the little value that Fuko has, along with most of the other players on this team.  But the positives are:
            1.  Create a roster spot.

            2.  Save $775,000 although I could care less about the money.  I want to see them win but if this helps towards next years budget I am glad they saved this much.

            3.  This starts at least some movement.

      • gocubs

        Fukudome is an impact player. Anyone with a .374 OBP is an impact player.  

      • gocubs

        Fukudome is the 3rd most productive Japanese MLB position player of all
        time with 8.7 WAR.  Ichiro and Hideki Matsui are #1 and #2

    • ghostofelvis

      Well, the Indians do have 3 pitching prospects id like, too bad Fuk isnt good enough for Drew Pomeranz(draws comps to Cliff Lee) Alex White, or Nick Hagadone.

    • http://www.facebook.com/people/Richard-Hood/100000706523521 Richard Hood

      Just my opinion but I think we are in for a platoon of Colvin and Baker unless Pena is traded.

      • paulcatanese

        Agree Richard, and that platoon defensivly will cost runs. Campana is today’s option, but again is put in a position to fail,nowhere near the arm to play RF. But obviously only a temporary situation. What grinds me is the only people in the lineup that even know what the word bunt means are Campana and Barney, and a lot in between that swing for the fences.

      • J Daniel

        A platoon would be bad news, especially in a corner outfield spot.  The race is OVER!!!!  Need to find out if some of these guys can be part of the  turnover or if they need to go away as well.

        There is absolutely no sense in playing Baker in RF but that is why it will probably happen.  We know what Baker is and he is a descent guy to have on the bench as a pinch hitter against lefties.  Need to prove if Colvin can play or not.

  • Reggie

    Any news on these prospects? What are they like?

    • Albert

      Underwhelming, but I was hoping for Nick Hagadon, and that was clearly asking too much.

      • Albert

        I should elaborate that it’s not necessarily the prospects who the Cubs are getting in return that we should be concerned about. This deal ultimately gives Colvin the opportunity to see everyday at bats and saves the Cubs some money that can be used toward the draft budget. If the Cubs save $1-2 million here, then that alone pays for Baez, or Vogelbach, etc…

        • paulcatanese

          If you think that this will get Colvin a chance for everyday at bats, you must be in the market for a bridge(only kidding) because Quade will never allow it when he has Baker or DeWitt available. Quade and JH are not Colvin fans. ( you know, I keep posting these things and am proved wrong, lets hope this is the case here).

  • http://chicagocubsonline.com/ Neil

    According to the Cleveland Plain Dealer, the Cubs will
    receive an upper and lower level prospect for Fukudome.

  • http://chicagocubsonline.com/ Neil

    Fukudome is in the Cubs starting lineup for this afternoon.
    The deal is expected to go through but nothing is official.

    From Bruce Levine: Fukodome told a Japanese reporter that he’s just waiting on the details of his trade to Cleveland

    • paulcatanese

      Ironicly,Fukodome will hit four home runs today.

      • paulcatanese

        Take it back, Fukodome is not playing today, and he will save it for his debut
        with Cleveland.

  • cubtex

    The Cubs should have asked for 20 year old lefty pitcher Giovanni Soto in the deal! Then they could have had 2 Geo Soto’s in the system :)

  • cubtex

    cleveland is only resposible for 775K of Fuko’s remaining salary. Cubs picking up 3.9 mil.

    • Albert

      It’s not quite as much as I would have hoped, but that should be enough to sign another one of our draft picks. If trading Fukudome means we’re able to sign Ricky Jacquez or Dillon Maples, then this deal is fine by me.

  • Nathan

    Just a thought, but if the cubs were able to add another player in the mix they might have been able to get one of those three guys, if baker wasnt so untouchable or they added a guy like wells or samardzjia maybe they could have gotten some more value

    • daverj

      No chance that the Cubs would have been able to get one of those 3 top prospects from Cleveland … even if Baker, Wells, Shark, and Pena were all thrown into the deal.  Teams are really holding tight on their top prospects this year.

      • Nathan

        Well in throwing in those guys I was just meaning bettet value, not necesarily one of those three

  • paulcatanese

    Well, the Cubs made a deal, I eat crow. Just about 30 more from the roster and it will be complete. This is not too bad for Fukodome, Cleveland is close to his Condo, actually take a bus back and forth on days off. He should be happy about it.
    After all, Cleveland Rocks !!

    • http://www.facebook.com/people/Richard-Hood/100000706523521 Richard Hood

      Try it in a nice butter sauce and some wheat pasta. It isn’t bad.

      • paulcatanese

        Good one Richard, don’t they have that homemade beer to go with it?

  • http://chicagocubsonline.com/ Neil

    From the Cleveland Plain Dealer: Indians picking up $775,000 of what remains on Fukudome’s $13.5 million deal for this year.

  • http://chicagocubsonline.com/ Neil

    From Jim Bowden: Chicago Cubs source has
    confirmed that the Cubs have acquired OF Abner Abreu, P Carlton Smith
    from the Cleveland Indians for Fukodome & cash

  • Darrenmcculloch

    I was hoping the Cubs were going to get Rick Vaughn and Pedro Cerrano.  They  need a power hitting outfielder.

    • http://theboardridersuite.wordpress.com/ Theboardrider

      Another guy who can’t hit the curveball?!  You’re nuts…

      • studio179

        But unlike Fukie, Pedro hits straight ball very far. :)

        • John G

          ROR

  • John_CC

    They are paying $3.9 of the $4.6 million!?  wow.  I guess Ricketts doesn’t mind eating large portions of rotten contracts. 

    • J Daniel

      What is the difference if you pay 3.9 million of the remaining, especially if you don’t make this move and have to pay all of it?  It is a savings, he is not in the plans, and who cares what you get back?

      Does anyone with a realistic view expect something of value back?  If he had that much value why would they trade him?

      The value is the $775 and a roster spot.

      • Mark

        Exactly!  It’s like we’re saying,”Here Inidans, take this you you can really use better than us and OH….we’ll give you 3.9 MILLION DOLLARS!”  Why not just keep him, save 3.9 million.  We only saved $700 thousand!  I have a bad feeling, IF we can in any way get rid of Soriano, we’re taking it in the ass by paying off 85% of his outrageous salary.  GOD, they do this all the time! 

  • Stevenowens666

    Fuck the sox

    • paulcatanese

      Not cool at all.Try the dictionary.

  • gocubs

    Quade’s Dream Lineup…

    Castro SS
    Barney 2B
    Baker RF
    DeWitt LF
    Byrd CF
    Ramirez 3B
    Pena 1B
    Hill C

  • paulcatanese

    I dont know, the Cubs had 7 hits,3 errors by the Brewers and what 2-3 walks and score 2 runs?

  • gocubs

    Fukudome is the 3rd most productive Japanese MLB position player of all time with 8.7 WAR.  Ichiro and Hideki Matsui are #1 and #2.  

  • Mike

    Good idea to trade Fukudome he sucks