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February 14, 2012

White Sox agree to terms with OF Kosuke Fukudome

Filed under: Chicago White Sox — The Wizard @ February 14, 2012 5:30 pm
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whitesox.com press release:

The Chicago White Sox and free-agent outfielder Kosuke Fukudome have agreed to terms on a one-year, $1-million contract which includes a club option for the 2013 season.  Under terms of the agreement, Fukudome will receive $500,000 in 2012, while the Sox hold a $3.5-millon option for 2013, including a $500,000 buyout.

“Kosuke adds to our outfield depth and gives Robin another left-handed bat to mix into the lineup based on matchups,” said Rick Hahn, White Sox vice president/assistant general manager.  “He can play center field and right and provides flexibility to our roster.”

… He will wear uniform No. 1.  With Fukudome’s addition, the White Sox 40-man roster is at 37.

Scott Merkin:

The addition of Fukudome figures to leave the utility infield spot as the lone battle to be decided between Ozzie Martinez and Eduardo Escobar. Fukudome joins Brent Lillibridge in the outfield mix but could step into a starting role if Alejandro De Aza or Alex Rios struggle, and he can also give Dayan Viciedo an occasional break against tough right-handers. Fukudome has plenty of experience hitting in the leadoff slot.

Fukudome’s stats:

Year Age Tm Lg G PA AB R H 2B 3B HR RBI SB CS BB SO BA OBP SLG OPS OPS+ TB GDP HBP SH SF IBB Pos Awards
2007 30 -min Fgn 81 348 269 64 79 22 0 13 48 5 2 69 66 .294 .443 .520 .963 140 5 6 0 4 3 CNI · JPCL
2008 31 CHC NL 150 590 501 79 129 25 3 10 58 12 4 81 104 .257 .359 .379 .738 89 190 7 1 2 5 9 *98/D AS,RoY-6
2009 32 CHC NL 146 603 499 79 129 38 5 11 54 6 10 93 112 .259 .375 .421 .796 105 210 15 3 3 5 3 *89
2010 33 CHC NL 130 429 358 45 94 20 2 13 44 7 8 64 67 .263 .371 .439 .809 114 157 5 0 3 4 1 *9
2011 34 TOT MLB 146 603 530 59 139 27 3 8 35 4 6 61 110 .262 .342 .370 .712 97 196 8 4 6 2 4 *98/D
2011 34 CLE AL 59 258 237 26 59 12 1 5 22 2 4 15 53 .249 .300 .371 .671 87 88 6 3 1 2 3 998/8D
2011 34 CHC NL 87 345 293 33 80 15 2 3 13 2 2 46 57 .273 .374 .369 .742 105 108 2 1 5 0 1 998/8D
4 Seasons 572 2225 1888 262 491 110 13 42 191 29 28 299 393 .260 .361 .399 .760 100 753 35 8 14 16 17
162 Game Avg. 162 630 535 74 139 31 4 12 54 8 8 85 111 .260 .361 .399 .760 100 213 10 2 4 5 5
CHC (4 yrs) 513 1967 1651 236 432 98 12 37 169 27 24 284 340 .262 .369 .403 .772 102 665 29 5 13 14 14
CLE (1 yr) 59 258 237 26 59 12 1 5 22 2 4 15 53 .249 .300 .371 .671 87 88 6 3 1 2 3
Provided by Baseball-Reference.com: View Original Table Generated 2/14/2012.

I guess Hahn kicked Passan’s $98 million dollar payroll figure up a notch.

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