MILWAUKEE, WI - APRIL 05: Pitcher Franklin Morales #56 of the Colorado Rockies pitches in the 9th inning against the Milwaukee Brewers at the Miller Park on April 05, 2010 in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. The Rockies defeated the Brewers 5-3.(Photo by Scott Boehm/Getty Images)
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Hideki Okajima emerged as one of the best relievers in the game during his rookie season with the Boston Red Sox in 2007, but ever since, the Japanese reliever progressively declined, ultimately leading to his removal from the 40-man roster.
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The Boston Red Sox have acquired left-hander Franklin Morales in a trade with the Colorado Rockies in exchange for a player to be named later or cash considerations.
Hideki Okajima was designated for assignment in order to make room for Morales on the major league roster.
Morales, a 25-year-old reliever, is 0-1 with a 3.86 ERA and 11 strikeouts in 14 innings for the Rockies. In five major league seasons, Morales has compiled a record of 7-11, a 4.83 ERA and 114 strikeouts.
In his rookie season, Morales posted a 3-2 record, an ERA of 3.43 and a career-high 26 strikeouts. Morales struggled in his second season with the Rockies, going 1-2 with a 6.39 ERA and nine strikeouts in five games.
Morales began his career as a starting pitcher, starting 15 games in his first three seasons, including a career-high eight starts in his rookie campaign.
Boston also acquired signed 14-year veteran starter Kevin Millwood earlier on Thursday.