Cubs-Indians Trade: Carlton Smith And Abner Abreu To Cubs For Kosuke Fukudome

The Cleveland Indians, whose outfield has been decimated by injuries to Shin-Soo Choo and Grady Sizemore, traded for Kosuke Fukudome on Thursday. In exchange, they sent two ... young players. I know the headline reads "prospects," but that was just to get you in the door. You've been duped.

The two players are 25-year-old right-handed pitcher Carlton Smith, and 21-year-old right-handed outfielder Abner Abreu. According to Danny Knobler of CBS Sports, Smith is going to be a six-year minor-league free agent after the season if he isn't put on the 40-man roster. Here are his stats from Baseball Reference:

 

Year Age Tm Lg Lev ERA G GS IP H R ER HR BB SO
2005 19 Burlington APPY Rk 4.76 9 9 28.1 30 16 15 3 5 25
2006 20 Lake County SALL A 4.09 11 11 55.0 49 27 25 4 24 38
2007 21 Lake County SALL A 4.22 31 18 121.2 125 67 57 13 33 79
2008 22 Kinston CARL A+ 4.37 26 26 146.1 143 91 71 12 33 81
2009 23 Akron EL AA 2.72 37 2 79.1 68 36 24 5 23 40
2010 24 2 Teams 2 Lgs AAA-AA 5.40 46 0 58.1 72 39 35 7 23 38
2010 24 Akron EL AA 0.87 9 0 10.1 6 3 1 0 3 8
2010 24 Columbus IL AAA 6.38 37 0 48.0 66 36 34 7 20 30
2011 25 Columbus IL AAA 4.50 34 0 46.0 45 25 23 4 20 46
7 Seasons 4.21 194 66 535.0 532 301 250 48 161 347
Provided by Baseball-Reference.com: View Original Table
Generated 7/28/2011.

It's hard to see him pitching well enough to make that 40-man, but the Cubs probably had interest in him as a free agent after the year, so a little preview over the next couple of months wasn't going to hurt.

Abner Abreu is the centerpiece of the deal, then. He still has youth on his side, and he shows some decent power and speed.

 

Year Age Tm Lg Lev G AB H 2B 3B HR RBI SB CS BB SO BA OBP SLG OPS
2007 17 Indians DOSL FRk 56 228 69 13 7 4 41 5 4 18 46 .303 .353 .474 .827
2008 18 Indians GULF Rk 51 199 50 16 4 11 37 4 1 9 52 .251 .289 .538 .827
2009 19 Lake County SALL A 63 246 75 16 4 7 30 3 3 11 68 .305 .351 .488 .839
2010 20 Kinston CARL A+ 106 409 103 21 6 4 58 11 2 20 130 .252 .289 .362 .651
2011 21 Kinston CARL A+ 91 336 82 16 5 12 35 19 3 22 102 .244 .294 .429 .723
5 Seasons 367 1418 379 82 26 38 201 42 13 80 398 .267 .311 .442 .754
Provided by Baseball-Reference.com: View Original Table
Generated 7/28/2011.

He's played 64 games in right field this year, but he also played 24 in center. Fukudome is a useful-enough player, so it fits that his return was one interesting-enough prospect.

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