The injury plagued Cleveland Indians are just 3-7 over their past 10 games and now find themselves two games behind Detroit in the American League Central Division.
On Thursday morning they made an effort to help boost the outfield by acquiring 34-year old Kosuke Fukudome of the Chicago Cubs.
A fourth-year veteran from Japan who is in the final year of his contract, Fukudome will take a .273/.374.369 batting line to Cleveland that includes three home runs and 13 RBI in 345 plate appearances. He is a career .262/.369/.403 hitter at the major league level.
Ken Rosenthal of Fox Sports first mentioned this morning that the Indians were interested in making a deal with Chicago.
The Cubs will be on the hook for much of the remaining money left on Fukudome's contract for this season. In return the Cubs will be receiving two prospects from Cleveland. At this time the two names are unknown. The deal has been agreed to, however it will not be finalized until this afternoon.