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REPORT: Indians Nearing Trade With Cubs For Kosuke Fukudome

With the Major League Baseball trade deadline quickly approaching, and the Cleveland Indians struggling, Buster Olney is reporting the Indians and Chicago Cubs are nearing a deal for outfielder Kosuke Fukudome.  Fukudome, 34, is batting .273 this season with 3 home runs and 13 RBI in 87 games.  

According to the report, the Indians would send two prospects to the Cubs while Chicago would pay most of the $5 million owed to Fukudome this season.

For his career, Fukudome is a .262 hitter with 37 career home runs.  He is in his fourth season with the Cubs and is known as a solid outfielder, playing both centerfield and right field with the Cubs. Fukudome has thrown out 5 runners this year and has committed just two errors this season, something the Indians have struggled with recently.  With Shin-Soo Choo still recovering from hand surgery, the Indians will likely play Fukudome in right field.

Olney believes the deal will be finalized by game time Thrusday.

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