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White Sox sign Fukudome to one-year deal

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White Sox sign Fukudome to one-year deal

The White Sox signed former Cubs outfielder Kosuke Fukudome to a one-year, 1 million contract that includes a 3.5 million club option for 2013, the team announced Tuesday morning.

Fukudome, who will turn 35 in late April, posted a .340 OBP between the Cubs and Indians last year. He struggled mightily with Cleveland, though, as his OBP fell from .373 with the Cubs to .300 with the Indians as his walk rate plummeted from 13.3 percent in Chicago to 5.8 percent in Cleveland.

Defensively, Fukudome's range has taken a few steps back in recent years, contributing to an Ultimate Zone Rating of -16 since the start of 2010. But he still has one of the stronger arms in baseball, which is a point in his favor. He's experienced as a center fielder and a right fielder, too, so he'll be in the mix with Brent Lillibridge to be used as a late-inning defensive replacement for Dayan Viciedo.

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

Fukudome's contract is for 500,000 in 2012 with a 500,000 buyout for the 2013 option.

The signing of Fukudome will have a direct impact on two players: Alex Rios and Jordan Danks. Check back with White Sox Talk later this afternoon for how those two players will be effected by this move.

White Sox Talk Podcast: Ask Us Anything Part 1

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White Sox Talk Podcast: Ask Us Anything Part 1

We asked you to ask us anything about the White Sox and you delivered in a big way. We got so many questions, we had to do two different podcasts! Among the questions here in Part 1: should the White Sox send Yoan Moncada to Triple-A? What players will be traded before the deadline? Who are some sleeper prospects in the minors? Will Jordan Stephens be called up before Michael Kopech? Should Juan Uribe be a team ambassador? What's our all-time White Sox team from 2000 to the present and many more.

Listen to the full episode at this link or in the embedded player below:

Rick Hahn says 'there will be many' promotions for White Sox prospects this week

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Rick Hahn says 'there will be many' promotions for White Sox prospects this week

The White Sox have a number of highly-rated prospects performing well in the minors and some of them will be on the move within the system in a matter of days.

General manager Rick Hahn talked to reporters ahead of Monday night's White Sox game in Cleveland, a 6-2 loss, and gave the news. Well, sort of.

He didn't include names, but he did say that "there will be many" promotions after the minor league all-star games for Double-A and both Single-A teams take place on Tuesday.

Hahn added that Chris Getz, the White Sox player development director, will address the media before the White Sox host Oakland on Thursday about the moves.

If the all-star games are a reason to wait, it's safe to think some of the players involved will be playing in those games. So who could be on the move?

Double-A Birmingham has six all-stars: Eloy Jimenez, Zack Collins, Seby Zavala, Danny Mendick, Dane Dunning and Ian Hamilton. Jimenez is the name everyone wants to see on the move. He has torched the Southern League since getting off to a late start to the season due to injury. Hahn was asked about Jimenez, but didn't tip his hand as to whether he would be one of the promotions.

Dunning has been good in Double-A (2.78 ERA, 65 strikeouts in 58 1/3 innings), but was already promoted this season so he may not be on the move again.

Single-A Winston-Salem has five all-stars: Dylan Cease, Luis Alexander Basabe, Joel Booker, Bernardo Flores and Matt Foster. Cease, 22, could be due for a promotion with a 2.89 ERA and 82 strikeouts in 71 2/3 innings. There's also that outfield logjam the Dash, which won the first-half division title, have had all season.

Other than Basabe and Booker, Blake Rutherford and Alex Call are also noteworthy prospects being forced to split time in the Dash's outfield. If Jimenez is moving up to Triple-A, one or two names from this group could be on the move to take his spot in Birmingham.

This would especially make sense if highly-touted outfield prospect Luis Robert, who was supposed to be in Single-A Kannapolis for a short period before joining the Dash, is ready to move up as planned. Robert is hitting .289/.360/.400 in 13 games with the Intimidators.

Birmingham, Winston-Salem and Kannapolis were all off Monday. The various all-star games will take place Tuesday and the three teams will be off again Wednesday. The promotions could be announced Thursday ahead of Getz's scheduled media availability.