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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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Comments

Since: Aug 21, 2006
Posted on: February 14, 2012 12:49 pm
 

White Sox add Kosuke Fukudome

Kosuke is not a bad player.  He was just over hyped when he arrived in Chicago.  He was expected to be Ichiro mixed with Matsui....he turned out to be a below average average hitter and had little power.  He does most of his damage in April and spread the rest out pretty thin.  One thing we will do is see pitches.   He makes pitchers work and he gets on base more often that you would think with a .260 average.   He's not going to help the White Sox win a divisional title this year but he won't be the reason they don't.  Kosuke's best roll would be the 5th or 6th most important hitter on a team...in this roll I think he would be helpful to a contending team...just dont expect him to dominate...it won't happen...




Since: Jan 29, 2007
Posted on: February 14, 2012 12:39 pm
 

White Sox add Kosuke Fukudome

A-Rod, Jeter and Pujols?? Are you kidding?? We're talking Fukudome here, not some superstar. Don't compare what he was given to what they received. Ridiculous comparison.


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Since: Mar 9, 2008
Posted on: February 14, 2012 12:35 pm
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Since: Feb 14, 2008
Posted on: February 14, 2012 12:33 pm
 

White Sox add Kosuke Fukudome

Have fun, White Sox fans... 


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