Wednesday, February 8, 2012
Kosuke Fukudome Still on the Market
In my opinion it is Fukudome's pattern of late season failure that is keeping teams away this offseason. His overall MLB numbers are not bad at .260/.361/.399, he really has a knack for drawing walks and getting on base and is a solid defensive player, but it is hard to overlook his late-season slides. At this point he has done nothing to prove to any MLB team that he can put together a full-season and he missed a golden opportunity to do so last year, in his contract year, and in the spotlight of a pennant race.
I hope he gets one more opportunity in the big leagues, but if he is out of chances here, I do think he could definitely help one of he NPB teams. The Dragons in particular could really benefit from having him back. He is unlikely to regain his power stroke with the new NPB ball, but he could provide some of the on-base skills that Chunichi truly lacked last year.
I don't know that he would want to return to the Dragons and I'm sure the other NPB teams will be after him as well. Some have mentioned Yomiuri as a possible destination, but we will see. Spring Training has already begun in Japan and will be soon in the U.S. and I'm pretty positive that he will be in someone's camp it just may not be in the league that Kosuke is hoping for.