YakyuBaka.com has the translation from Nikkan Sports of Fukudome's meeting with reporters in Japan on Wednesday.
"To play in the US, to return to Japan, to each their own. And until that time comes, I won't know," Fukudome said. "Playing every day is what every player wants. I don't think returning to Japan would be bad. The [Chunichi Dragons] could be a possibility. … I feel there's a sense that I need to do something different next season. I think I had a pretty good season this year. I'd like to try and keep that momentum going."
Fukudome hit .263/.371/.439 with 13 home runs and 44 RBI. Not a bad line for a part-time player, not quite what you're looking for from someone making $13 million. Fukudome will make $13.5 million last season. The outfielder has a no-trade clause and must be signed to an extension by Nov. 15, 2011 or release him -- and I think we all know what that choice will be.
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