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Yankees sign Kosuke Fukudome to minor-league contract

Jul 13, 2012, 3:45 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

Released by the White Sox last month, Kosuke Fukudome has signed a minor-league contract with the Yankees.

Marc Carig of the Newark Star Ledger reports that the 35-year-old outfielder will head to Triple-A and try to convince the Yankees he’s worth adding as a bench bat down the stretch.

Fukudome obviously never lived up to the hype with the Cubs and he was injured and ineffective in a brief stint with the White Sox, but as a left-handed hitter with good on-base skills he has some value.

For his career against right-handed pitching Fukudome has hit .260 with a .366 on-base percentage and .768 OPS.

  1. churchoftheperpetuallyoutraged - Jul 13, 2012 at 4:22 PM

    Raul Ibanez insurance?

  2. pisano - Jul 13, 2012 at 5:33 PM

    What the hell would they want him for?

    • Charles Gates - Jul 13, 2012 at 7:29 PM

      .366 career OBP and what churchOTPO said.

  3. hojo20 - Jul 13, 2012 at 7:53 PM

    Remember he hit a 3 run HR off Gagne in his first MLB game……and it was downhill from there.

    • txraiderfan - Jul 13, 2012 at 9:21 PM

      I remember, and you are correct, sir!

  4. buffalomafia - Jul 13, 2012 at 8:11 PM

    Why?????????

  5. txraiderfan - Jul 13, 2012 at 9:20 PM

    Ah yes, the sweetest girl’s softball swing you’ll ever see. Loved seeing him flail away at ANY inside pitch during his Wrigley days. Have a 70 mph fastball??? Throw it off the inside corner, and watch Ko-suck-a create enough wind to keep the entire first base line cool.

  6. kcredneck - Jul 14, 2012 at 6:03 AM

    WHAT THE ????

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