Tuesday, February 14, 2012

The White Sox Have Signed Kosuke Fukudome


This move comes just about out of no where -- Kenny's in stealth mode again! -- but the White Sox signed former Cub Kosuke Fukudome on Tuesday. It's a one-year deal for a total of $1 million, and it has an option for 2013.

Fukudome will get $500K in 2012, and then has an option for $3.5 million in 2013 with a $500K buyout. So it's not exactly a big financial investment.

When I first heard the news I laughed, because, seriously, what else are you going to do? But, honestly, I don't hate this move at all. It's not as if the White Sox are set in the outfield going into next season.

We don't know what Alex Rios is going to do, nor can we be sure of what Alejandro De Aza and Dayan Viciedo are. Then there's Brent Lillibridge, who was great in spots last season, but is no sure thing either.

So bringing in a player who, at the minimum, is a solid defensive outfielder and can serve as a fourth outfielder isn't a terrible thing.

Particularly at that price.

In his career Fukudome has hit .260/.361/.399 and has an OPS+ of 100. He also knows how to work a count, and though he's seen a drop in his overall walk totals the last few years, he'd probably be one of the more patient bats in the lineup.

I mean, his numbers don't live up to the contract the Cubs originally gave him to bring him over from Japan, but for $1 million?

This could work out very well.


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  2. It's definitely a nice and CHEAP safety net, since neither De Aza, Viciedo, and Lillibridge have shown they can produce for an entire season. He certainly can't do worse than Rios last year while being allowed 570 PA. At that price and that length I don't see any problem with the signing.


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