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Thursday, July 28, 2011

Fukudome heading to Indians for prospects

The Cubs will deal outfielder Kosuke Fukudome to the Indians on Thursday for two Minor Leaguers.

The two sides were close to finalizing a deal with only minor details still being worked out. A source indicated that Cleveland expected Fukudome to waive his no-trade clause to approve the deal to the Indians.

Details were still being finalized as to which Minor Leaguers were to go to Chicago in the deal.

Repoz Posted: July 28, 2011 at 03:11 PM | 24 comment(s) Login to Bookmark
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   1. RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: July 28, 2011 at 03:30 PM (#3887539)
P Carlton Smith and OF Abner Abreu according to a Cleveland radio station.
   2. Jefferson Manship (Dan Lee) Posted: July 28, 2011 at 03:40 PM (#3887555)
Smith and Abreu are both non-prospects. Organizational filler.

I mentioned this over in the dugout, but I'm pretty unimpressed. Fukudome isn't all that much better than Choo or Brantley and his salary is high enough that this very well may have blown out their deadline deal budget.

They've shuffled the deck chairs, added maybe half a win, added millions in salary, and probably prevented any other deals that significantly add to the payroll. Feels like it's a PR deal (Look at how committed to winning we are!) more than a baseball deal.
   3. Walks Clog Up the Bases Posted: July 28, 2011 at 03:43 PM (#3887558)
Fukudome never met what I thought were reasonable expectations. He'd have his amazing April every season and then just sputter into mediocrity. He somewhat broke that pattern this year, as he's been only somewhat useless instead of entirely useless.

Great arm and a sound fielder, though, so I don't look forward to all of the Jeff Baker this deal promises Cub fans.
   4. SouthSideRyan Posted: July 28, 2011 at 03:44 PM (#3887561)
Cleveland picks up about 770K of salary.
   5. Bring Me the Head of Alfredo Griffin (Vlad) Posted: July 28, 2011 at 03:51 PM (#3887570)
Smith and Abreu are both non-prospects. Organizational filler.


Smith, I agree, but Abreu has enough power that he could be useful if he learns at least a little command of the strike zone.
   6. SouthSideRyan Posted: July 28, 2011 at 04:04 PM (#3887588)
Smith, I agree, but Abreu has enough power that he could be useful if he learns at least a little command of the strike zone.


Maybe his next organization can help him with that.
   7. Meatwad Posted: July 28, 2011 at 04:07 PM (#3887594)
Good luck fukudome, i wouldnt say it was fun but your deal was a lot better then the sori signing
   8. snapper (history's 42nd greatest monster) Posted: July 28, 2011 at 04:22 PM (#3887611)
Cleveland picks up about 770K of salary.

Wow, can't believe Cubs bothered for <$800K and filler.
   9. Brian C Posted: July 28, 2011 at 04:24 PM (#3887616)
Great arm and a sound fielder, though, so I don't look forward to all of the Jeff Baker this deal promises Cub fans.

Probably Tyler Colvin, I'd guess. Who, by the way, is hitting .256/.270/.478 since being sent down.

I don't have much of a Fukudome eulogy. I think Walks summed it up best, that he never met reasonable expectations. But he could at least get on base, which is a rarity for Cubs hitters. He had a big gaping hole in his swing (i.e., down and in), but he always seemed like an intelligent player, also a rarity for Cubs players. His first couple months with the team in 2008 were fantastically exciting.

I'll miss him probably more than his tangible contributions warrant.
   10. SouthSideRyan Posted: July 28, 2011 at 04:30 PM (#3887622)
Wow, can't believe Cubs bothered for <$800K and filler.


The Cubs are in the process of signing a slew of over-slot draft picks. 775K is half of Vogelbach, or if you prefer, could be enough to get Dillon Maples in the fold.
   11. snapper (history's 42nd greatest monster) Posted: July 28, 2011 at 04:32 PM (#3887627)
The Cubs are in the process of signing a slew of over-slot draft picks. 775K is half of Vogelbach, or if you prefer, could be enough to get Dillon Maples in the fold.

The Cubs are short on money? Hard to believe.
   12. SouthSideRyan Posted: July 28, 2011 at 04:36 PM (#3887637)
Having a budget doesn't mean you're short on money.
   13. Mark Edward Posted: July 28, 2011 at 04:59 PM (#3887661)
I was bummed when the Sox lost out on the Fukudome sweepstakes back in 2007; they really needed a CFer back then (well, they still do need a CFer).

They got Alexei Ramirez instead so that's turned out OK.
   14. CFiJ Posted: July 28, 2011 at 05:06 PM (#3887674)
?????????????????
   15. Dag Nabbit at ExactlyAsOld.com Posted: July 28, 2011 at 05:09 PM (#3887677)
Wow, can't believe Cubs bothered for <$800K and filler.

Sounds like a Hendry deal to me.
   16. Rally Posted: July 28, 2011 at 05:12 PM (#3887681)
Fukudome isn't all that much better than Choo or Brantley


He's definitey not better than Choo - not even in his league as a player. But currently healthier. After watching the Indians-Angels series and seeing Carrera, Buck, and Kearns fill the non-Brantley OF positions, I can understand why they'd want to add some depth.
   17. Brian C Posted: July 28, 2011 at 05:12 PM (#3887682)
?????????????????

Could have fooled me.
   18. Der Komminsk-sar Posted: July 28, 2011 at 05:18 PM (#3887691)
Note: there's an interesting discreapncy in his defensive metrics (and resultant WAR, if that's yer bag). UZR/150: -15.2; BIS/135: +11; TZ/135: +31 ... this is the difference between a guy who's a bit above replacement level and an above average starter. (Naive guess (stressing guess): he's in the +7 to +10 range ... which is around the average of these three.)
   19. Spahn Insane Posted: July 28, 2011 at 06:17 PM (#3887738)
I was bummed when the Sox lost out on the Fukudome sweepstakes back in 2007; they really needed a CFer back then (well, they still do need a CFer).

Makes you wonder why they couldn't have dealt Edwin Jackson and trinkets directly to the Cards for Rasmus.
   20. Bring Me the Head of Alfredo Griffin (Vlad) Posted: July 28, 2011 at 06:56 PM (#3887775)
Welcome to the Fukudome!
   21. SteveM. Posted: July 28, 2011 at 07:19 PM (#3887796)
I hope this is the first of many deals as the housecleaning begins.
   22. Spahn Insane Posted: July 28, 2011 at 08:44 PM (#3887887)
The Pirates ought to go after Pena. They've got a cavernous black hole at first base, and Pena's only signed through this season.
   23. Meatwad Posted: July 29, 2011 at 01:23 AM (#3888028)
they should get pena and a-ram, would help them win the division
   24. Brian C Posted: July 30, 2011 at 09:49 PM (#3889122)
Muskat today tells us that the Pirates inquired about Pena, but the Cubs want to keep him.

Unbelievable.

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