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.