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White Sox sign Fukudome

Kosuke Fukudome is headed back to Chicago, but this time he'll be wearing black and white.

Fukudome, 34, signed a one-year, $1 million contract with the White Sox on Tuesday morning. The deal includes a club option to retain Fukudome in 2013 for an additional $3 million.

Only a few years ago, Fukudome was a heavily recruited free agent from the Japanese Central League. He signed a four-year, $48 million deal with the Cubs before the 2008 season but never matched his lofty expectations, batting .262 with 37 home runs and 169 RBIs in 513 games for the Cubs.

The Cubs traded Fukudome to the Cleveland Indians for a pair of minor league players July 28. Fukudome hit .249 with five home runs and 22 RBIs in 59 games for the Indians.

Sox assistant general manager Rick Hahn said the team was better with Fukudome.

“Kosuke adds to our outfield depth and gives Robin [Ventura] another left-handed bat to mix into the lineup based on matchups,” Hahn said in a statement. “He can play center field and right and provides flexibility to our roster.”

Fukudome will wear No. 1, the team announced.

-Tom Musick


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