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.