Cubs Trade Fukudome to Cleveland

North Siders receive two minor leaguers in return for Japanese outfielder

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    Chicago Cubs' Kosuke Fukudome tosses his bat as he drives the ball to Kansas City Royals second baseman Chris Getz in the ninth inning during a baseball game, Friday, June 24, 2011, in Kansas City, Mo.

    The Kosuke Fukudome era is over on the North Side.

    The Cubs have traded the Japanese outfielder to the Cleveland Indians for two minor league prospects, according to MLB.com.

    The Cubs are expected to pick up most of the $4.7 million remaining on his contract this season.

    The 34 year old is hitting .273 with three homers, 15 doubles, two triples and 13 RBIs this season.

    Fukudome signed with the Cubs in 2007, and after a hot start his first season that landed him a berth on the 2008 all-star team, cooled off considerably and had been considered a disappointed in relation to the size of his contract.

    The Cubs received outfielder Abner Abreu and right-handed pitcher Carlton Smith in the deal.

    Outfielder Tyler Colvin was recalled from Triple-A Iowa to replace Fukudome.