davidmarver wrote:4 years at 12 million a pop for an unproven 30 year old coming off surgery? Pass.
As opposed to 3 years at 12 million per for Jose Guillen? Or 5 years and 18 million per for Torii Hunter? C'mon, this is market value for a middle of the road corner OF.
.280/.345/.450 for Fukudome this year with 40 doubles and 18-22 HRs.
I don't believe the surgery was going to hamper him too much. Not to mention Japanese players have a pretty strong work regimen to get themselves back into playing shape.
Unproven? Are we still devaluing what a player does in Japan? He was one of the best hitters over there and while it will take a little adjustment to the MLB parks, if he has the talent and ability at the plate I think he'll be fine. Either way it'll be a nice change over Jacque Jones.
Is this just sour grapes over the Padres not getting him?