Yankees sign Kosuke Fukudome to minor league deal

2012 Draft: Yankees sign 24th rounder Jose Mesa Jr.
2012 Draft: Yankees sign 26th rounder Charlie Haslup, 36th rounder Dalton Smith

Via Marc Carig, the Yankees have signed outfielder Kosuke Fukudome to a minor league contract. He’ll report to the traveling circus inTriple-A Empire State.

Fukudome, 35, posted a measly 33 wRC+ in a whopping 55 plate appearances for the White Sox earlier this season. He’s been essentially a league average hitter during his five-year MLB career (98 wRC+), with most of his offensive value coming from his walk rate (13.5%) and on-base ability (.359 OBP). Fukudome, a lefty hitter, is a capable corner outfielder defensively and is a decent piece to have stashed away in Triple-A in case Brett Gardner has another setback or something.

2012 Draft: Yankees sign 24th rounder Jose Mesa Jr.
2012 Draft: Yankees sign 26th rounder Charlie Haslup, 36th rounder Dalton Smith
  • pat

    Damn, he’s 35? Wow.

  • swishers fauxhawk

    Seems like just yesterday he hit that 9th inning homer off Gagne in his first game.

  • http://twitter.com/#!/KChinmaster KenC

    Fuk u, Do me.
    Can’t help it -.-

    • Steve D

      LOL that didnt take long.

  • Chad Gaudin the Friendly Ghost

    I’m not complaining because there isn’t really any downside, but doesn’t it feel like the Yankees are grabbing every veteran that’s not nailed down?

    • RetroRob

      Consider it a good thing. Cashman has been at this for a long time and he knows depth is a good thing, having been in situations where he was left scrambling for back-up players when someone on the main squad goes down. Not a surprise over the past few years he focuses heavily on catchers, OFer and back-end starters. They are needed over the course of the season.

      It might be a simple game of chess, too, where he’s looking one move ahead, preparing for the potential loss of DeWayne Wise when they have to put him on waivers when Gardner returns. If they lose him, they will still have two MLB-ready 4th OFers down in AAA in Fukudome and Dickerson.

    • Andy in Sunny Daytona

      Not promoting Melky Mesa and Abe Almonte (when he comes off the DL) is a downside, especially Mesa since he’s on the 40-man roster.

      • Ted Nelson

        So… There isn’t really any downside…

      • Sweet Dick Willie

        Melky Mesa is 25 years old and is hitting 276/350/460 against kids generally 3-5 years his junior.

        Facing MLB pitching, I’m guessing he would make Darnell McDonald look like Mickey Mantle.

        • Ghost of Joe Dugan

          Considering the average age of AA players is actually 24, not the 20-23 you indicated, I think you’re underselling Melky a bit. Considering MM’s defensive abilities I don’t think it’s a stretch to think that if called on he could contribute as much or more than the completely washed Fukudome.

  • Rich in NJ

    There’s nothing wrong with taking a flier on guys like this, but if it turns out that Gardner won’t be available this season, they probably need to trade for an OFer. They’ll need one anyway with Swisher likely going after the season.

  • G

    That’s a funny way to spell Justin Upton. I was also pretty sure we were trading for him not signing him.

    Get your crap together Axisa.

    • vin

      I think Mike is just trying to sell more “Save the Big Three” t-shirts in Japan. This blog was so much better before they cared about making big money. Such a shame.

  • http://fendersonandhampton.com Cuso

    Wait, which Dome?

  • The Scheister of Doom

    Trying to keep it on topic by talking MiL depth. How would this team compare with let’s say this years Mariners…

    Starting Line-up:
    Eduardo Nunez SS
    Ronnie Mustelier 2B
    Steve Pearce 1B
    Russell Branyan DH
    Brandon Laird 3B
    Gary Sanchez C
    Mason Williams CF
    Zoilo Almonte LF
    Melky Mesa RF

    David Phelps
    Vidal Nuno
    Ramon Ortiz
    Nelson Figueroa
    D.J. Mitchell

    Mikey O’Brien
    Dellin Betances
    DJ Mitchell
    Manny Delcarmen
    Chase Whitley
    Juan Cedeno

    Ramiro Pena SS
    Jack Cust 1B/DH
    Frankie Cervelli C
    Colin Curtis OF
    Fukudome OF


    • Mike Pagliarulo

      This team would get absolutely slaughtered by this year’s Mariners.

    • http://fendersonandhampton.com Cuso

      This team would get slaughtered by the Padres of this year, as well.

    • Ghost of Joe Dugan

      How’s 130 losses sound?

  • Brian S.

    I guess Mustelier is never going to get a chance.

  • TH

    Fukudome is what I yell every time the Yankees play at Tropicana Field.

  • Andy Pettitte’s Fibula (formerly Manny’s BanWagon)

    Between innings one game, maybe they can have a cage match between Wise, McDonald and Fukudome for the final roster spot

    • The Scheister of Doom

      Or the hotdog race, winner gets dibs on Gardners vaccated spot when he suffers another set-back.