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New York Yankees Sign Kosuke Fukudome

July 13th, 2012 at 6:10 PM
By Daniel Sirianni

The New York Yankees have signed veteran outfielder Kosuke Fukudome to a minor league deal, reports Marc Carig of the Star-Ledger

'Cubs vs. Phillies (July 16, 2010)' photo (c) 2010, Phil Roeder - license: http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/2.0/

Fukudome is expected to join New York's Triple-A affiliate, the Scranton Wilkes-Barre Yankees, over the weekend.  

The 35 year-old outfielder started the season with the Chicago White Sox after signing a one-year deal worth $1 million in February. However, he was placed on the 15-day disabled list in June with back spasms, then released on the day he returned from the injury. 

In 24 games this season, Fukudome batted just .171 with no home runs and four RBI. His primary position is left field, but he has also played right field, center field, designated hitter, and has some experience as a pinch hitter. 

Prior to signing with the White Sox, Fukudome played three and a half seasons with the Chicago Cubs, then was acquired mid-season by the Cleveland Indians last year. He curently holds a career .258 batting average with 42 home runs and 195 RBI in 596 games played. 

Yankees starting left fielder Brett Gardner has only played in nine games this season and continues to battle an elbow injury, which is expected to keep him out through the month of July. Veterans Raul Ibanez, Andruw Jones, Dewayne Wise, Darnell McDonald, and even Jayson Nix have all stepped up and done a good job platooning in left field, but adding another veteran to the minors as a backup option is never a bad idea. 

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Tags: Baseball, Kosuke Fukudome, MLB, New York, New York Yankees, Scranton Wilkes-Barre

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