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MLB News: Kosuke Fukudome Signs with Chicago White Sox

Kosuke Fukudome, the outfielder who had a cup of coffee with the 2011 Indians only to provide some surprise offensive prowess, has reportedly signed a one-year deal with the Chicago White Sox.

The contract will net the 34-year-old $1 million with a $3.5 million club option in 2013. Between the Cubs and Indians in 2011, Fukudome batted .262 with an OPS of .712. With the injuries sustained by Grady Sizemore and Shin-Soo Choo, Fukudome provided the Indians with much-needed depth in what was ultimately a surprising season.

With the Indians moving Jason Donald to the outfield and signing former veteran outfielders Ryan Spilborghs and Fred Lewis, there was essentially no roster room remaining in Cleveland.

[Related: Report: Indians Sign RHP Jeremy Accardo, OF Fred Lewis]

  • Anonymous

    good for him.  he’s one ex-Indian that I am not concerned to see on the White Sox though.

  • Anonymous

    Fukudome did quite well for awhile, but his production completely bottomed out after we fell out of the race. I wouldnt have minded seeing the Indians bring him back, but with a healthy Choo there will be no place for him. Fukudome isnt very good in center field and to the best of my knowledge has never played left. 

  • Anonymous

    Don’t we get some draft pick in return for this?

  • Anonymous
  • Anonymous

    so since he sucked with the tribe, he goes from a type B to unranked…awesome 

  • enjoymoreradio

    I loved Kosuke Fukudome for winning that 14-inning marathon against the Tiggers with his elbow. Wish he’d gone to the NL, but no matter.