If Kosuke Fukudome does not get any MLB offers, Nikkan Sports thinks there is a good chance he will end up signing with the Hanshin Tigers.
Said Fukudome, "The [Tigers] are really trying hard. But at this point, I have not received every possible offer. I am sure there are many thing, but I do not think I am at a point where I can talk [about a decision]. I do not want to drag this out. I do not want to inconvenience anyone."
When asked about his impression of the team, he said, "When I played in Japan, they had good players and a good team. I did not always feel great playing at Koshien [at the visiting team]. I have not watched them play recently, so I can not comment on that, but when I played them before, I felt if we even let our guard down a little, they would beat us."
He added, "There are some players that rose above situations and played well because of the cheering fans. I am sure there are difficult times as well, but it seems like it works out well. Koshien is dirt and grass. They take really good care of things. Something you can not always find in the US. I think it is a really nice stadium."
Source: Nikkan Sports 12/5/2012
Sanspo has posted portions of Fukudome's interaction with the media on Tuesday:
There is no progress so there is nothing to talk about.
You spoke with Hanshin last month. Did you think they were sincere?
I felt they were really trying hard during our negotiations. I think they gave me good information I can use when considering all my options. But I do not think I have all my options yet. I want to consider things [once all my options are available].
Will the result become available after the Winter Meetings?
Well, I do not want to drag this out and I do not want to inconvenience teams that are interested in me. I want to work within that.
Did anything change after you discussion with Hanshin?
This is not really the time for that. I just heard them out. I have not really thought about anything past that.
Did Hanshin GM [Katsuhiro] Nakamura mention taking down the Yomiuri Giants...
Yes, he did talk to me about that.
Source: Sanspo 12/5/2012