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Kosuke Fukudome released by White Sox

Jun 26, 2012, 5:27 PM EDT

White Sox pinch hitter Fukudome hits into an out in the ninth inning against the Boston Red Sox during their MLB baseball game in Chicago Reuters

No other teams claimed him off waivers and the White Sox couldn’t find a taker via trade, so they released Kosuke Fukudome today after designating him for assignment last week.

Fukudome played sparingly and poorly after signing a one-year, $1 million deal as a free agent and was on the disabled list with a back injury when the White Sox decided to cut him loose.

He failed to live up to expectations after leaving Japan to sign a four-year, $48 million contract with the Cubs in December of 2007, but Fukudome has a .359 career on-base percentage and can be plenty useful if platooned versus right-handed pitching.

  1. kwf1224 - Jun 26, 2012 at 5:46 PM

    Wow, the White Sox might have just made a mistake.

  2. illcomm - Jun 26, 2012 at 8:50 PM

    Yes they did. Youkolis and they released this guy. Phils will pick him up prior to deadline. he will be pretty good again once healthy.

  3. psuravens19 - Jun 27, 2012 at 9:20 AM

    I wouldn’t be surprised if the O’s picked him up… they could use some OF help.

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