Chicago White Sox Ink Deal with Fukudome

The former Cub will wear uniform No. 1 for the Sox

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    A former Cub is headed to the South Side.

    The Chicago White Sox announced Tuesday it struck a one-year, $1-million deal with free-agent outfielder Kosuke Fukudome, 34. Under the agreement, Fukudome will receive $500,000 in 2012 and the Sox will hold a $3.5-millon option for 2013.

    “Kosuke adds to our outfield depth and gives Robin another left-handed bat to mix into the lineup based on matchups,” said White Sox Vice President Rick Hahn said in a statement. “He can play center field and right and provides flexibility to our roster.”

    The Cubs traded Fukudome to the Indians on July 28 in exchange for Abner Abreu and pitcher Carlton Smith.

    The left-handed batter hit a combined .262 with 27 doubles, eight home runs, 35 RBI and 59 runs scored between the Chicago Cubs and Cleveland in 2011.

    He will wear uniform No. 1 for the White Sox.