Former Red Sox reliever Okajima joins Softbank

 
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FUKUOKA, March 3 (20:25) Kyodo

 
The Softbank Hawks said Saturday they have acquired former
Boston Red Sox left-handed reliever Hideki Okajima on a one-year deal
worth 35 million yen, plus bonus incentives.

Okajima, 36, who will help bolster the Softbank bullpen, is
expected to appear at a press conference on Monday.

Late last year Okajima signed a minor league deal with the New
York Yankees, but the contract was later nullified after he failed a
physical due to concern about his left shoulder.

Softbank said the shoulder has been deemed healthy upon
re-evaluation.

''It has been deemed okay,'' said Softbank official Shigeru
Ishiwata.

Okajima joined the Red Sox in 2007 from the Nippon Ham Fighters.
He had a 17-8 record with six saves and a 3.11 ERA in 261 major
league games, all in relief.
 


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