Fukudome will make formal announcement next week

Updated: December 7, 2007, 7:45 PM ET
By Jerry Crasnick | ESPN.com

Outfielder Kosuke Fukudome, a hot commodity on baseball's free-agent market, plans to make a formal announcement early next week on whether he will remain in Japan in 2008 or pursue offers to play in the United States, his agent said.

Agent Joe Urbon spoke with general managers from interested Major League Baseball clubs by phone during the winter meetings in Nashville. Urbon passed along the initial club offers Thursday via conference call to Fukudome, who will study the information ...

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