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MLB Trade Update: Indians Said To Have Finalized Deal For Fukudome

According to multiple reports and via Cleveland.com's story, the Indians have indeed acquired Kosuke Fukudome from the Chicago Cubs for two prospects.

And according to SB Nation's 'Daily Dish', those two players will be Abner Abreu and Carlton Smith.

The info regarding Abreu and Smith comes via a Jim Bowden "tweet".

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In other trade deadling updates, Edwin Jackson, who was traded yesterday from the White Sox to the Blue Jays, was in turn dealt to the St. Louis Cardinals for Colby Rasmus, who might or might not have been in Cardinals manager Tony LaRussa's dog-house.

Be that as it may, this moves a quality starter out of the Central Division of the American League.

Also, a quality (and much sought-after) bat will also not come to the Central and torment the Indians, as the New York Mets dealt Carlos Beltran to the San Francisco Giants.

I guess the rich get richer, etc.

Fukudome will probably play right field for the Tribe in the absence of Shin-Soo Choo. Fukudome is a quality outfielder, although his offensive numbers this season have not been overly-impressive.

In 87 games and 293 at-bats for the Cubs, Fukudome was hitting .273, but with only three homers and 13 RBI. In fact, his last RBI came on July 18,

On June 16, Fukudome drove in four runs against the Milwaukee Brewers, but in no other game this year has he driven in more than one.

Photographs by spatulated, Triple Tri, and chrischappelear used in background montage under Creative Commons. Thank you.