White Sox To Sign Kosuke Fukudome

The White Sox announced that they have agreed to sign Kosuke Fukudome to a one-year, $1MM contract that includes a club option for 2013. The outfielder will earn $500K in 2012 and the $3.5MM option for 2013 includes a $500K buyout.

Fukudome posted a .262/.342/.370 line for the Cubs and Indians in 530 plate appearances last year. The 34-year-old posted career-lows in on-base percentage and slugging percentage while playing right and center field. The Mets had some interest in him earlier in the offseason.


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111 Comments on "White Sox To Sign Kosuke Fukudome"


bigpat
3 years 6 months ago

All in!!! 

3 years 6 months ago

That campaign was a disaster.  It could prove to be the worst in-season promotional idea of all time. 

Ian_Smell
3 years 6 months ago

Better than “Come Hungry.”

3 years 6 months ago

It’s F-u-k-u-d-o-m-e fever!   Oh.  Whoops.  I thought it was 2008 all over again.  My bad

letsgogiants
3 years 6 months ago

Not the player many thought he would be when he first signed with the Cubs, but nonetheless, he does a pretty good job at getting on base and is pretty good defensively. He may not have much power nor does he steal a lot of bases, but for what it is, this is a pretty low risk deal for the White Sox. 

go_jays_go
3 years 6 months ago

I
also think Fukudome is pretty good. There’s a difference between a bad
player and bad value; I think Fukudome suffered from the latter.

A career .260/.360/.399 slash line isn’t amazing, but it could be decent
as the #2 hitter in the lineup. Now, if Fukudome can play good defense,
then that would literally seal the deal. Great move by the White Sox.

Reminds me a lot of the Andruw Jones deal a few years back.

xfipMachine
3 years 6 months ago

 That’s a pretty awesome deal. There will be bounce-back in his game.

3 years 6 months ago

Bounce Back? To What? Has he ever been good?

Stuart Brown
3 years 6 months ago

He’s good at getting on base and has been an above average defender for the entirety of his MLB career (according to bbref. UZR says different). Has he been an amazing player? No. Certainly not worth the $13-14MM the Cubs were paying him, but it’s a good bet he’ll be worth more than $1MM this year.

Karkat
3 years 6 months ago

Wonder if he still has a place in Chicago…

3 years 6 months ago

I was wondering the same thing.

3 years 6 months ago

I was wondering the same thing.

3 years 6 months ago

It’s a no win situation – Cubs fans are going to give him pure hell and Sox fans will NEVER embrace him. 

foxtown
3 years 6 months ago

What? He is going to be a bench player. Do people normally embrace bench players?

1Tough9
3 years 6 months ago

Of course people embrace bench players. Pablo Ozuna is a perfect example. He was completely, whole-heartedly, loved on the Southside while there. 

3 years 6 months ago

The meatball fans won’t but the fans that understand the importance of OBP and a strong arm in LF should have no problem.

KEK
3 years 6 months ago

He will be fine on the South Side. Only a few idiots might have a problem with him being a former Cubs player. Keyword being: Idiot. Most Sox fans will see him as a bench player. Who gives a crap what a few homers think. Certainly not the Sox.

bettorworse
3 years 6 months ago

He could be the next Omar Vizquel.

kahnives
3 years 6 months ago

I think KW is either drunk, or letting the guy who broke into his house a while back make moves. How does this help your team now or in the long term?

3 years 6 months ago

 You can never have too many backup outfielders when you have Alex Rios on your roster.  This is a cheap pickup with little risk for the Sox, I have no problems with it. 

kahnives
3 years 6 months ago

My issue is that this doesn’t help you either short or long term. When KW has come out to say that they are rebuilding, and letting the kids have a chance, moves like this are counter productive. The OF was filled with Rios – De Aza – Viciedo, with Lillibridge and the younger Danks off the bench. There is no real reason to waste a 1MM when players like Viciedo, Beckham, and Flowers are going to need to be locked up before too long.

John Stefan
3 years 6 months ago

I agree with your sentiment of letting the kids play, especially when Williams has announced he’s rebuilding.  However, Fukodome is only under contract for $500K in 2012, which is about 60K over the league minimum.  Secondly, there’s no guarantee Fukodome will even start over De Aza or Lillibridge–heck, I could see Ventura using him as a LH bat off the bench.  Thirdly, if Fukodome has his usual hot start in April & May, he becomes an easily flippable (and dirt cheap!) commodity for KW at the trade deadline.

3 years 6 months ago

I don’t see the point of moving up the Jordan Danks to come off the bench. That is a move that would truly not help short or long term. He has hit right handers well for the majority of his short career so I can see him playing for Rios a few times. $1MM dollars is nothing to Major League teams so it is very, very low risk.

3 years 6 months ago

There’s your problem.  You thought that a guy who needs as much work as Jordan Danks was going to be a bench player on the big league team, pretty much ensuring that he won’t make the improvements he needs.  When you consider that there’s a high chance that at least one outfielder between Rios, De Aza, and Viciedo will struggle mightily or get injured, there was absolutely a need for a guy that could step in to multiple outfield spots and not stink.  Lillibridge will get his at bats regardless.

Notin J. Notin
3 years 6 months ago

Part of going with the kids involved filling gaps with short term vets.  The Whilte Sox aren’t going to stagnate Jordan Danks on the bench, are they?

And since the White Sox aren’t exactly loaded with upper minors talent, this move makes sense becuase if Kosuke gets off to a fast start – which he always does – it makes dealing him for more minor league depth even easier.

The $1mill salary is hardly an obstacle in signing Beckahm and Flowers to extensions.  The play of those two is a far bigger obstacle…

Joey Doughnuts
3 years 6 months ago

It helps your team NOW because the Sox OF defense is pretty awful (save De Aza and Lillibridge, who are 4th OF type guys), gives the Sox a lefty bat that they needed, and gives them a good OBP guy. When you are talking a $500K deal, it’s hard to ever disagree with the move. Fukudome needs to put up like 0.1 WAR to earn that cash, and just being in the OF will earn him that.

pmc765
3 years 6 months ago

Wow…seems like the Sox really muscled this player financially. The league mimimum is roughly $400K. They pay him $500K during the season and the other $500K comes in the form of a buyout of a 2013 option. Fukudome will be subsisting on rookie pay as the season progresses. He isn’t great but he is an established major league baseball player.

Hope he saved all the millions the Cubs unwisely paid him for his first three years.

HerbertAnchovy
3 years 6 months ago

I’m amazed he even got a major league deal. Stange signing.

jwsox
3 years 6 months ago

What?? Why? Vicedio, rios, de aza, lilibridge, danks and now koske…. What’s the point. I understand it’s a low risk medium to high reward signing but still why? Soler is still available even though the cubs supposedly have him locked up.

brian310
3 years 6 months ago

There’s a difference between picking up Soler and picking up Fukudome…

BlueCatuli
3 years 6 months ago

If you think Soler will contribute to a major league team in 2012 you are sorely mistaken.

jwsox
3 years 6 months ago

No I don’t but I would rather Jenny spend the white sox money on improving the team
For the future. Let danks be the 4th/5th out fielder. I understand it’s a 500k signing and he is a good hitter against righties and gets on base a ton which is solid for a back up and he is exactly that a back up. His stats say he will he a great back up for the price. I just dont think it makes sense to sign a late 30’s player

3 years 6 months ago

guess they’ve definitely written off jordan danks

julianAlmighty
3 years 6 months ago

Jared Mitchell

3 years 6 months ago

white sox’s first dollars on the free agent market this off-season and it’s only one million and people are crying madness.

julianAlmighty
3 years 6 months ago

He was a bum as a cub but for $500k I’d take a shot in case De Aza doesn’t work out, or Rios has a productive year and you can unload and eat a lot of his contract at the trade deadline.

CandyMaldonadoLand
3 years 6 months ago

 For the money, I see nothing wrong here.

julianAlmighty
3 years 6 months ago

He was a bum as a cub but for $500k I’d take a shot in case De Aza doesn’t work out, or Rios has a productive year and you can unload and eat a lot of his contract at the trade deadline.

hitttman
3 years 6 months ago

Makes up for the donkey signing.

jwsox
3 years 6 months ago

It’s not about the money It’s about the signing. It makes no sense.

Joey Doughnuts
3 years 6 months ago

It makes perfect sense. Lefty hitting OF who draws a lot of walks and is a plus defender. Who would you rather have on this team, Fukudome or Jordan Danks? The answer is obvious. 

jwsox
3 years 6 months ago

But they are not going to compete this year. Granted it’s baseball anything can happen. If Dunn rios peavy and beckahm bounce back yes the sox could compete. But the whole point of this season was letting the kids okay. Koske does exactly the opposite if that. Let Mitchell or dank or Thompson play.

Joey Doughnuts
3 years 6 months ago

Danks, Mitchell, and Thompson are going to develop better getting full playing time in the minors vs. being the 4th or 5th OF in the majors. It’s the same reason Viciedo did not make the team last spring, even though he was ready. 

California_RedBirds
3 years 6 months ago

And at one point he made 12 million dollars a year!? Only the Cubs…..I guess the White Sox are the smarter team in Chicago

inleylandwetrust
3 years 6 months ago

Ehh I don’t know about that…

inleylandwetrust
3 years 6 months ago

Ehh I don’t know about that…

Cosmo3
3 years 6 months ago

No longer

BlueCatuli
3 years 6 months ago

It must be awesome living in hindsight.

BlueCatuli
3 years 6 months ago

It must be awesome living in hindsight.

3 years 6 months ago

yeah, like signing Adam Dunn :)

1Tough9
3 years 6 months ago

You’d be singing a different tune had the Sox succeeded in signing him years back. Remember, they did offer him more money than the Cubs, but he found the Northside more appealing for whatever reason. 

Twisted86
3 years 6 months ago

 Fukudome signed with the Cubs because they never had a Japanese player and he wanted to be the very first. The White Sox had already had Tadahito Iguchi and Shingo Takastu at that point.

John Stefan
3 years 6 months ago

I agree with your sentiment about letting the kids play, especially when Williams has already proclaimed he’s rebuilding.  One thing about this deal signed by Fukodome…it’s only $500K this year which is about 60K above league minimum.  Secondly, there’s no guarantee that he’ll start over De Aza or Lillibridge….heck, I could see Fukodome coming off the bench as a PH.  Thirdly, if Fukodome gets off to his usual hot April & May, he becomes a very flippable (and dirt cheap!) commodity at the trade deadline.

jwsox
3 years 6 months ago

Kenny Williams always gets his man. It may take him a number of years , griffey, manny, koske, but he always gets him man

klassic
3 years 6 months ago

I was gonna say the same thing.  Doesn’t matter how old or bad the guy has become.  Kenny will get him.  Look for him to pick up Torrii Hunter next year.

jwsox
3 years 6 months ago

And soriano in 4. Arod in 7 nomar he will convince to
Come out of retirement. Haha

Also hunter could be a possibility. With konerkos contract up vicedio could
Move to first and hunter could go to
Right only of cheap. Haha won’t happen but could b

HARRISON ROSE
3 years 6 months ago

Why?