Kosuke Fukudome, White Sox agree to $1M deal

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CHICAGO (AP) -- Kosuke Fukudome is joining the Chicago White Sox for a fraction of the price he cost the Cubs four years ago.

The outfielder agreed Tuesday to a one-year contract that guarantees $1 million. He will get a $500,000 salary this year, and the White Sox have a $3.5 million option for 2013 with a $500,000 buyout.

Now 34, Fukodome joined the Cubs for the 2008 season with a $48 million, four-year contract. An All-Star in 2008, he was traded to Cleveland last July 28 for outfielder Abner Abreu and pitcher Carlton Smith.

Fukudome hit .262 with eight homers, 27 doubles and 35 RBIs last season. He has a .260 average in the majors with 42 homers and 191 RBIs.

"Kosuke adds to our outfield depth and gives Robin another left-handed bat to mix into the lineup based on matchups," assistant general manager Rick Hahn said. "He can play center field and right and provides flexibility to our roster."