Fukudome, 35, signed a one-year deal worth $1 million to play for the Chicago White Sox this season, but he was released in June after he hit .171/.294/.195 in 24 games. He’s likely insurance for the Yankees and probably won’t get much time in the Bronx at all.
It’s fitting that the Yankees signed him as he is pretty much the position player version of Kei Igawa. Fukudome signed a four-year, $48 million contract with the Cubs back in 2007. He was a relative disaster, having one good season and finishing with a 102 OPS+.