Hanshin Tigers general manager Katsuhiro Nakamura said Monday he is thinking of acquiring the services of outfielder Kosuke Fukudome, who was released from the New York Yankees' Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre farm club at the end of the season.
"It (talks) would probably be once he's back in Japan. As far as I know, he isn't back yet," said Nakamura about the 35-year-old Fukudome, who is also reportedly being pursued by his former team, the Chunichi Dragons, and the DeNA BayStars.
Fukudome appeared in just 24 games for the Chicago White Sox this season before he was released on June 22 and signed a minor league deal with the Yankees affiliate on July 13.
The Osaka native batted a career .258 with 195 RBIs and 42 home runs in 596 games over parts of five seasons with the Chicago Cubs (2008-11), Cleveland Indians (2011) and White Sox (2012) organizations. Fukudome was the Central League's MVP in 2006.