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

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

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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