Hideki Okajima Signs With Yankees

According to ESPN New York's Wallace Matthews, the New York Yankees have reached an agreement with former Boston Red Sox left handed reliever Hideki Okajima on a contract. While the terms have not yet been identified, Okajima is coming aboard as a non-roster invite.

Okajima, 36, came to the Red Sox in 2007 after playing several years in Japan. Okajima, along with fellow Japanese pitcher Daisuke Matsuzaka came over from Japan in the same year to help the Red Sox capture the 2007 World Series title. Since that moment, Okajima's career with Boston turned for the worst.

After a fairly productive season out of the bullpen in 2008 (3-2, 2.61 ERA), Okajima's numbers progressively got worse. He saw his ERA climb from 3.39 in 2009, to 4.50 in 2010. As a result, the team brought in several relievers in the 2010 offseason and bumped Okajima off the roster. In 2011, Okajima split time with the Red Sox and the Pawtucket Red Sox, were he saw minor league success but continued to struggle in the majors.

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