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Former Cub and White Sox player Kosuke Fukudome in 2012. (Brian Cassella/Tribune photo / April 15, 2012)

Former Chicago Cubs and Chicago White Sox outfielder Kosuke Fukudome, who now plays baseball in his native Japan, has listed his three-bedroom condominium unit in a Streeterville high-rise for $1.5 million.

Fukudome, 37, played for the Cubs from 2008 until 2011 and then played briefly for the Sox in 2012.  He returned to Japan in 2013.

Fukudome paid $1.44 million in late 2010 to buy the 2,124-square-foot unit from the building’s developer.  On Friday, he listed the condo both for sale and also for rent for $7,400 a month, said his listing agent, Kenji Watanabe of @properties.

“Fukudome loves Chicago and continues to want to have a foothold here as his kids grow older.  He loves to continually come back to Chicago, and he sees it as his starting grounds here in the U.S.,” Watanabe said.  “I think he’d prefer to have it rented out, but at the right price, anyone would sell.  We will see in the next week or so if it might be rented.”

When asked why Fukudome last week listed the unit for sale the first time in more than four years of owning it instead of only seeking a renter, Watanabe characterized it as a “curiosity, to see what it would go for, and how the market is doing in general.”

Features in the unit include unobstructed views of Lake Michigan, individualized climate controls, four fully finished custom walk-in closets, three baths, two master suites that each have double sinks and separate showers and soaking tubs, and a kitchen with Sub-Zero, Bosch and Wolf appliances.