The New York Yankees have signed outfielder Kosuke Fukudome to a minor-league contract. He is expected to report to Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre this weekend.
Fukudome, who signed a one-year deal this off season with the White Sox, was released in late-June by Chicago after being reinstated from the disabled list with a back injury. He posted a terrible .171/.294/.195 slash line with zero home runs in 24 games with the club.
He looks to be just an insurance signing in case Curtis Granderson, Nick Swisher, Raul Ibanez or Andruw Jones is injured. He might also be part of a plan to replace Dewayne Wise, the Yankees fifth outfielder, who is hitting only .260/.288/.520 in his 50-at bats this year. Wise has appeared in 48 games, though, mostly as a defensive replacement for Jones or Ibanez in left.