Kosuke Fukudome will be in the final year of a 4-year deal next season with the Chicago Cubs. On Wednesday, he told reporters that he's open to returning to Japan after the 2011 season.
Said Fukudome, "To play in the US, to return to Japan, to each their own. And until that time comes, I won't know. Playing everyday is what every player wants. I don't think returning to Japan would be bad. The [Dragons] could be a possibility. ... I feel there's a sense that I need to do something different next season. I think I had a pretty good season this year. I'd like to try and keep that momentum going."