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Kosuke Fukudome | Outfielder

Team: New York Yankees
Age / DOB:  (37) / 4/26/1977
Ht / Wt:  6'0' / 200
Bats / Throws: Left / Right
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Kosuke Fukudome has agreed to a three-year contract with the Hanshin Tigers of Japan's Central League.
Fukudome wound up batting .258/.359/.395 in 596 major league games after first arriving in the United States in 2008 on a four-year, $48 million contract with the Cubs. The veteran outfielder will turn 36 years old in April. Wed, Jan 9, 2013 04:28:00 PM
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Yankees released OF Kosuke Fukudome.

The 35-year-old outfielder batted .276 with a decent .818 OPS in 39 games at Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre, but he wasn't going to crack the Yankees' big league roster.
Mon, Sep 3, 2012 01:08:00 PM

Yankees signed OF Kosuke Fukudome to a minor league contract.

He was cut loose by the White Sox over two weeks ago and has finally caught on with someone else. Fukudome, who batted just .171/.294/.195 games for the Sox, will provide depth at Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre.
Fri, Jul 13, 2012 03:16:00 PM

White Sox released OF Kosuke Fukudome.

Fukudome was designated for assignment late last week and drew no interest on waivers. The 35-year-old outfielder will presumably try to latch on with a new organization.
Tue, Jun 26, 2012 04:18:00 PM

White Sox designated OF Kosuke Fukudome for assignment.

Fukudome was making his way back from a back injury, but the White Sox have decided they didn't have any room for him. The move was made to clear a spot on the 40-man roster for Brian Bruney. Fukudome should be able to catch on elsewhere if he winds up getting released.
Fri, Jun 22, 2012 03:25:00 PM

Kosuke Fukudome (back) began his rehab assignment at Triple-A Charlotte on Monday, going 1-for-2 with a single.

He's taken his time and slowly progressed in his rehab, in an effort to avoid re-injury. He'll likely play 2-3 more games at Triple-A, and if all checks out could rejoin the White Sox at some point over the weekend.
Tue, Jun 19, 2012 09:11:00 AM

Kosuke Fukudome (back) took BP on Friday and looks to be ready to begin a rehab assignment on Monday.

Fukudome has made sure to be cautious in his rehab, as to let the injury fully heal and avoid re-injury. He could rejoin the White Sox as soon as next weekend, and will likely return to a reserve outfield role.
Fri, Jun 15, 2012 08:31:00 PM

Kosuke Fukudome (back) started swinging the bat and throwing Tuesday.

He's feeling much better and will ramp up his work over the next few days. If that goes well, he should go out on a rehab assignment before long. "I want to fix it properly, because I don't want to jump into a game and reinjure it," Fukudome said. "We'll go at it the next couple of days and make a decision."
Wed, Jun 13, 2012 10:29:00 PM

White Sox placed OF Kosuke Fukudome on the 15-day disabled list with a back injury.

Fukudome began experiencing discomfort in his lower back over the weekend and had not made enough improvement by Thursday. He should be ready once his 15 days are up. The veteran outfielder is batting just .171/.294/.195 in 24 games played this season.
Thu, Jun 7, 2012 01:40:00 PM

Kosuke Fukudome (back) could need a stint on the disabled list.

Fukudome left Sunday's game with back stiffness, and he's yet to experience any notable improvement. The White Sox will likely make a decision on him soon.
Wed, Jun 6, 2012 05:47:00 PM

Kosuke Fukudome left Sunday's game with back stiffness.

Consider him day-to-day for the time being. Eduardo Escobar moved from third base to left field to take his spot, with Orlando Hudson entering the game at the hot corner.
Sun, Jun 3, 2012 03:34:00 PM

Kosuke Fukudome is batting just .175/.286/.200 through 49 plate appearances this year for the White Sox.

Fukudome has no home runs, no stolen bases and just four RBI. The 35-year-old corner outfielder is far from fantasy relevant and may be in danger of losing his 25-man roster spot if the struggles continue.
Mon, May 21, 2012 10:17:00 AM

Kosuke Fukudome is batting just .143/.200/.143 through his first 15 plate appearances with the White Sox.

Fukdome's only two hits have been singles and he's drawn just one walk against four strikeouts. The 34-year-old outfielder won't carry any fantasy value this year.
Thu, Apr 19, 2012 09:51:00 AM

White Sox signed OF Kosuke Fukudome to a one-year, $1 million contract with a $3.5 million club option for 2013.

A nice little pickup at the 11th hour before spring training. Fukudome will make just $500,000 this season while the option includes a $500,000 buyout, so it's a worthwhile gamble. The 34-year-old batted .262/.342/.370 with eight home runs, 35 RBI and a .712 OPS between the Cubs and Indians last season and should do just fine in a semi-regular role. However, his addition will likely cut into Alejandro De Aza's ability to make an impact.
Tue, Feb 14, 2012 11:41:00 AM

Joel Sherman of the New York Post reports that the Mets have "pretty much stopped pursuing" left-handed hitting outfielders and will instead see what falls through the cracks from other teams during spring training.

The Mets were reportedly interested in Rick Ankiel, but he signed a minor league deal with the Nationals over the weekend. They have also been mentioned in connection with the likes of Kosuke Fukudome, Johnny Damon and Raul Ibanez, but it's doubtful they are willing to offer much in the way of guaranteed salary. As of now, it appears Adam Loewen and Mike Baxter will battle for a job as a left-handed bat of the bench during spring training.
Tue, Feb 7, 2012 04:21:00 PM

Depth Charts

Batters
PosRoleName
C1Brian McCann
2Francisco Cervelli
3Austin Romine
4J.R. Murphy
1B1Mark Teixeira
2B1Stephen Drew
SS1Derek Jeter
2Brendan Ryan
3B1Chase Headley
2Zelous Wheeler
3Alex Rodriguez
LF1Brett Gardner
2Chris Young
3Antoan Richardson
CF1Jacoby Ellsbury
RF1Martin Prado
2Ichiro Suzuki
DH1Carlos Beltran
Starting Pitcher
PosRoleName
S1Masahiro Tanaka
2Hiroki Kuroda
3Michael Pineda
4Brandon McCarthy
5Shane Greene
6Chris Capuano
7CC Sabathia
8Ivan Nova
Relief Pitcher
PosRoleName
R1David Robertson
2Dellin Betances
3Shawn Kelley
4Adam Warren
5David Huff
6Esmil Rogers
7Josh Outman
8Preston Claiborne
9Rich Hill
10Chaz Roe
11Bryan Mitchell
12Chase Whitley
13David Phelps