CLEVELAND — The Cleveland Indians acquired outfielder Kosuke Fukudome from the Chicago Cubs on Thursday to help their sagging offense.
To clear roster room for Fukudome, the Indians designated Richland High School graduate Travis Buck for assignment.
"The addition of Fukudome gives us another left-handed outfielder (like Buck)," Indians general manager Chris Antonetti said. "He also plays right field, the same as Buck and would displace Buck's at-bats."
In 50 games this season, Buck, 27, hit .228 (34-for-149) with two home runs and 18 RBIs.
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The Indians dealt Triple-A right-hander Carlton Smith and Class-A outfielder Abner Abreu for Fukudome, a day after being no-hit by Ervin Santana of the Los Angeles Angels.
Cleveland also received cash in the deal. Fukudome, 34, is being paid $13.5 million in 2011.
Fukudome is batting .273 (80-for-293) with three homers and 13 RBIs in 87 games this season. In 513 games overall since the Cubs signed him to a four-year, $48 million deal as a much-sought free agent from Japan in 2008, he has hit .262 with 37 homers and 169 RBIs.