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White Sox add Kosuke Fukudome

Posted on: February 14, 2012 12:14 pm
 
Kosuke FukudomeBy C. Trent Rosecrans

Kosuke Fukudome is headed back to Chicago -- but this time the Japanese outfielder will be playing for the White Sox.

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The team announced it signed Fukudome to a one-year deal worth $1 million with an option for 2013. He will earn $500,000 in 2012, but the total package is worth at least $1 million because of the $500,000 buyout for 2013's $3.5 million option.

Fukudome, 34, hit .262/.342/.370 for the Indians and Cubs last season, his fourth season in the big leagues. Fukudome was a disappointment for Chicago after signing a four-year, $48 million deal before the 2008 season. Fukudome has a career .361 on-base percentage, but his .260 batting average and average of just more than 10 homers a year was hardly sexy -- or what anyone would expect for $48 million.

Fukudome gives the White Sox a little more depth in the outfield, which has Alex Rios in center, with young, promising players Dayan Viciedo and Alejandro De Aza on either side of him. Rios and Viciedo are both right-handed hitters, so Fukudome gives the team some more flexibility and De Aza can also play center.

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Since: Sep 19, 2011
Posted on: February 14, 2012 2:00 pm
 

White Sox add Kosuke Fukudome

I like this guy as he is humble and is willing to take 1 million.  He could fight for 3 million or go through arbitration.  Players like Pujols, A-Rod, Jeter, etc are so greedy that they think money is more important than life.  Anybody can live on 3 million a year for 10 years.
I don't think that Fukudome was being humble by taken the 1 million, There a good chance that it was the best offer on the table. So if he was offer more money then he would has taken it, I agree that some players are greedy and really get over paid. But the owners deserve some of the blame for the high salary, the owners has made big offers to the players which they won't turn down.





Since: Mar 2, 2008
Posted on: February 14, 2012 1:56 pm
 

White Sox add Kosuke Fukudome

Fukodome is another example of why you don't overpay the untested talent.  Sadly some of these MLB GMs will never learn from the pattern.



Since: Aug 20, 2006
Posted on: February 14, 2012 1:56 pm
 

White Sox add Kosuke Fukudome

I`d rather have Juan Pierre than this stiff/sCrubs castoff.  Remember Kenny you know a player is no good when the Cubbies give up on him.  On a positive at least they didn`t trade for Soriano or Vernon Wells yet.  Maybe the human windmill Adam Dunn can try LF(HA-HA!)



Since: Aug 22, 2006
Posted on: February 14, 2012 1:46 pm
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Since: Dec 22, 2011
Posted on: February 14, 2012 1:42 pm
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Since: Mar 20, 2009
Posted on: February 14, 2012 1:41 pm
 

White Sox add Kosuke Fukudome

As a cubs fan, I was ready to laugh at more kenny williams idiocy. Then I saw 1 million for a year. Fuku is Mr. April, plays great defense, and can hit right handed pitching decently. For only 1 million, that's a steal. 



Since: Jan 7, 2010
Posted on: February 14, 2012 1:40 pm
 

White Sox add Kosuke Fukudome

How is Ichiro left out of this conversation?



Since: Dec 22, 2011
Posted on: February 14, 2012 1:37 pm
 

White Sox add Kosuke Fukudome

Why not. The guy has gotten on base. For the money, thats cheap! What will they do with him?



Since: Feb 25, 2008
Posted on: February 14, 2012 1:28 pm
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Since: Oct 23, 2006
Posted on: February 14, 2012 12:50 pm
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