Indians Trade Analysis

The good news is the Cleveland Indians made a deal with the Chicago Cubs for an outfielder.

The bad news is that it isn’t Reed Johnson.

Instead, the Tribe picked up Kosuke Fukudome for two minor leaguers, reportedly toolsy Kinston OF Abner Abreu and Columbus relief pitcher Carlton Smith.

Fukudome is 34, and hits left-handed, and he can get on base.  He has a lifetime .369 on base percentage.

However, he has little pop in his bat, with a .369 slugging percentage this year and a lifetime .403 mark.

He does hit lefties as well as righties, but hasn’t hit well away from Wrigley Field, batting just .214 with no home runs and 593 OPS. 

If the former Cubs is viewed as an alternative to Austin Kearns, Travis Buck, or Ezequiel Carrera, then it is a decent move. 

That’s not much of a standard though.

Seriously, Fukudome should be able to help because he gets on base.  It would make sense for skipper Manny Acta to put him in the leadoff spot or the #2 hole (behind Michael Brantley) in the batting order and drop Carrera to the ninth spot in the order. 

Buck was designated for assignment to make room for the former Cub.

Hopefully, there are more moves to come, because this one will have little impact in the grand scheme of things.

MW

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