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Fukudome ready to emerge from obscurity

Originally Published: December 17, 2007
By Jim Allen | Special to ESPN.com

TOKYO -- Kosuke Fukudome has made a splash once again. While some may question whether any unknown is worth the $48 million the Chicago Cubs reportedly offered him for four years, Fukudome is a quality player.

Although he has missed playing time with injuries in three of the past four years, the 30-year-old left-handed hitter has been the most productive offensive player per at-bat in Japan over the past three seasons. Fukudome is also a four-time Golden Glove winner with one of ...

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