Fukudome Returns to Chicago, Heads South
Former Chicago Cubs and Cleveland Indians outfielder, Kosuke Fukudome, signed a one-year, $1 million deal with the Chicago White Sox. According to the deal, Fukudome will receive $500,000 during the 2012 season. The team holds a $3.5 million option for 2013 with a buyout option for $500,000.
Fukudome debuted in Major League Baseball with the Chicago Cubs during their 2008 campaign that ended with a National League Central Division title. During the 2011 season, he was traded to the Cleveland Indians. During his MLB career, Fukudome has a .260 batting average, a .760 OPS, hit 42 home runs, and 191 RBI.
Prior to joining the Chicago Cubs, Fukudome played for the Chunichi Dragons from 1998-2007. On December 11, 2007, the Chicago Cubs signed Fukudome to a four-year, $48 million contract.
Photo: Kosuke Fukudome at bat against the Toronto Blue Jays at Rogers Centre on June 14, 2008.