Kosuke Fukudome Signs with White Sox

Yet another former Indians player officially ended his tenure with the Tribe Tuesday as free agent outfielder Kosuke Fukudome signed with the Chicago White Sox.

Fukudome, 35 in April, signed a one-year deal that guarantees him $1 million. He’ll earn $500,000 in 2012, with a $3.5 million team option for 2013 or a $500,000 buyout—quite a pay cut from the $48 million deal he signed with the Chicago Cubs before the 2008 season.

The Indians acquired Fukudome from the Cubs for Abner Abreu and Carlton Smith in July. He hit .249/.300/.371 with 5 home runs, 22 RBI, and -0.1 fWAR in 59 games with the Tribe. He’s hit .260/.361/.399—according to wRC+, he’s been an exactly league-average hitter—with 42 home runs, 191 RBI, and 5.6 fWAR in four seasons since coming over from Japan.

That Fukudome signed elsewhere was not a surprise—there hadn’t been any rumors about him returning to Cleveland this winter—but now his departure is official. Best of luck to him in the rest of his career.

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  • MrNegative1

    I’ve actually read where people feel losing Fukudome was a sign of Dolan’s unwillingness to spend and how losing him is a big mistake. I always ask, “if this guy wasn’t on the club at the end of last year would we be looking at him the same way?”

    With Fukudome, I think it’s safe to say that if at any point in the offseason, even now at 500K (Guaranteed 1 mil) someone would’ve mentioned him as a 4th outfielder type there would be the “he’s 35, he’s LHB, Dolan’s bargain bin basement shopping, etc.” all over the place.

    However, if Fukudome settles in and repeats his 2010 season the signing will make Ken Williams look like a genius.

    2010: .263/.371/.439

    Fun Fukudome fact: outside his rookie year where he stole 12 bases and was caught 4 times he has been caught stealing more than he’s been successful.


  • Brian Heise

    Losing Fukudome doesn’t really bother me much from an on the field perspective. I’m more upset that it ends the potential of having the Fu-man-Choo connection in the outfield in 2011. Anytime you can keep two players together simply for an awesome nickname you almost always have to do it. Disappointed…