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  1. Kosuke Fukudome returns to Japan

    Jan 9, 2013, 4:20 PM EDT

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    Kosuke Fukudome has returned to Japan after five seasons in America, with Sponichi News reporting that he’s agreed to a three-year deal with the Hanshin Tigers. Fukudome was largely viewed as a huge bust after leaving Japan in 2008 to sign a four-year, $48 million deal with the Cubs, but while he certainly wasn’t worth…

  2. 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

    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…

  3. 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

    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…

  4. White Sox designate Kosuke Fukudome for assignment

    Jun 22, 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

    Kosuke Fukudome seemed like a solid low-risk pickup for the White Sox considering it took only a $1 million commitment compared to the $48 million he earned while being a disappointment on the other side of Chicago, but the outfielder played sparingly and has been designated for assignment. The move comes instead of activating Fukudome…

  5. White Sox place Kosuke Fukudome on DL, call up John Danks’ brother Jordan Danks

    Jun 7, 2012, 2:48 PM EDT

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    Kosuke Fukudome needs a disabled list stint for his injured rib cage and the White Sox have called up Jordan Danks to replace him. In addition to being a 25-year-old outfield prospect Jordan Danks is also the little brother of White Sox left-hander John Danks. Jordan has mostly been a disappointment since the White Sox…

  6. Springtime Storylines: How will year one of the Cubs’ rebuilding plan fly in The Friendly Confines?

    Apr 1, 2012, 8:36 AM EDT

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    Between now and Opening Day, HardballTalk will take a look at each of baseball’s 30 teams, asking the key questions, the not-so-key questions, and generally breaking down their chances for the 2012 season. Up next: 103 years and counting. The Big Question: How will the first year of the Cubs’ rebuild go over on Chicago’s…

  7. The White Sox sign Kosuke Fukudome

    Feb 14, 2012, 12:02 PM EDT

    fukudome running bases

    The Chicago white Sox signed Kosuke Fukudome. The deal: one-year, $1 million contract with a $3.5 million club option for 2013. $500K of that $1 million comes in the form of a buyout of next year’s option, so he’s making basically nothing during the season. That’s pretty sweet.  Fukudome was overpaid once upon a time,…

  8. Top 111 Free Agents: the post-Prince Fielder update

    Jan 24, 2012, 6:48 PM EDT

    Baseball player Albert Pujols wears an Angels cap after he is introduced by the Los Angeles Angels during a news conference at Angels Stadium in Anaheim

    In light of the Prince Fielder signing, here’s an updated look at how this year’s top 111 free agents have fared. 1. Albert Pujols (Cardinals): Angels – 10 years, $254 million 2. Prince Fielder (Brewers): Tigers – 9 years, $214 million 3. Jose Reyes (Mets): Marlins – 6 years, $106 million 4. C.J. Wilson (Rangers):…

  9. An updated look at what’s left in free agency

    Dec 8, 2011, 4:30 PM EDT

    National League first baseman Fielder of the Brewers watches three-run home run in fourth inning during Major League Baseball's All-Star Game in Phoenix

    Here’s an up-to-date list of how the top 111 free agents have fared to date. Note that the list below doesn’t include Yu Darvish or Yoenis Cespedes, two of the remaining gems available to major league teams. 1. Albert Pujols (Cardinals): Angels – 10 years, $254 million 2. Prince Fielder (Brewers) 3. Jose Reyes (Mets):…

  10. A’s GM Billy Beane set to exit winter meetings without an outfielder

    Dec 6, 2011, 7:30 PM EDT

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    Billy Beane never sticks around until the end of the winter meetings, and this year won’t be any different, even though he could be looking at an outfield of Jermaine Mitchell, Jai Miller and Ryan Sweeney if the season started tomorrow. MLB.com’s Jane Lee points out that Beane is leaving Dallas tonight without the A’s…

  11. With trade rumors swirling, Kosuke Fukudome buys a $1.3 million condo in Chicago

    Nov 11, 2010, 2:45 PM EDT

    Kosuke Fukudome

    This could mean absolutely nothing or it could mean that he’s not paying much attention to the trade rumors swirling this week, but Kosuke Fukudome just bought a three-bedroom condo in Chicago for $1.32 million. Dennis Rodkin of ChicagoMag.com reports that Fukudome and his wife had been renting a place since signing with the Cubs…

  12. Cubs may have to move Kosuke Fukudome before diving into free agency

    Nov 8, 2010, 10:15 AM EDT

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    Paul Sullivan of the Chicago Tribune writes that the Cubs will be in the market for a power-hitting first baseman this offseason and may even be in the mix for Adam Dunn, but could be pretty limited financially unless they can unload Kosuke Fukudome’s contract: The Cubs might need to trade Kosuke Fukudome before making…

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