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Kosuke Fukudome News and Notes: December 15, 2012

by on Dec.15, 2012 @ 11:30 pm, under NPB

Updates on Kosuke Fukdome:

  • The Yokohama Bay Stars and Hanshin Tigers were informed that Fukudome decided to play in the Japan next year.  The Chunichi Dragons have yet to receive that update.
  • The Tigers feel they submitted their best offer to Fukudome.  As such, they currently do not plan on extending negotiations with him because their "last offer was final."
  • The Bay Stars are expected to meet with Fukudome again.
  • The Tigers were told Fukudome is considering his domestic options and needs a little more time for a decision.
  • The Tigers last met Fukudome on November 28 and may have offered him a three-year deal worth a total 600 million yen.  There are some reports that say the third year is a club option.
  • The Bay Stars last met Fukudome on November 29.  They may have also met on December 8.  Their last offer may have been a two-year deal worth 300 million yen plus incentives.  They may be willing to go up to 400 million over two years, but may not want to go to three years.
  • Rumor: Fukudome is apparently a heavy smoker and could be concerned about Yokohama's strict policy against smoking.

Source: Sanspo 12/15/2012, Sports Hochi 12/15/2012Sports Hochi Osaka 12/15/2012Nikkan Sports 12/15/2012, Daily Sports 12/15/2012, Sponichi 12/15/2012, Tokyo Sports 12/11/2012