Fukudome glad for chance on South Side

GLENDALE, Ariz. -- It’s “Take 2” for Kosuke Fukudome in Chicago, as the former Cubs outfielder joined his new White Sox teammates at spring training on Sunday.

Fukudome said he’s looking forward to a new beginning in the same city he's called home for the better part of four years.

“The Sox gave me a chance to play and that’s all I was asking for,” Fukudome said through his interpreter. “I’m really looking forward to proving what I can do.”

Fukudome, who signed a one-year, $1 million contract with the Sox on Feb. 14, gives the team depth in the outfield. He said he wants to contribute to the team as soon as possible after spending the second half of last season with the Cleveland Indians, where he hit .249 in 59 games.

Fukudome originally signed a four-year, $48 million contract with the Cubs in December 2007, spurning offers from the Texas Rangers (four years, $50 million) and the White Sox (four years, $51 million). Now he comes to the White Sox as a low-risk, high-reward player.

After addressing the media, Sox general manager Kenny Williams greeted Fukudome for the first time, saying, “You look good in that hat. We wanted you in that hat a long time ago.”