We have to consider the possibility that Kosuke Fukudome will remain in Japan. He’s not committed to MLB in any way. In fact, he recently received two offers from his current team, the Chunichi Dragons. One was a one-year deal, and the other a multiyear deal.
Fukudome said that he will think about these offers carefully over the next week and would like to receive offers from other teams for comparison. Don’t expect any kind of official decision on whether he’ll stay in Japan until next week.
If Fukudome does stay in Japan, Jose Guillen probably becomes the best available free agent right fielder.