Following rumors from just yesterday, The New York Yankees have signed lefty Hideki Okajima to a minor league deal and he will get a spring training invite, according to David Waldstein via twitter (originally reported by Sports Hochi).
Okajima, 36, spent five seasons with the Red Sox and compiled a 17-8 record, 6 saves, and a 3.11 ERA as a reliever before eventually being designated for assignment in May. He was only able to see limited time in the majors during the 2011 season, pitching just 8 innings at a 4.32 ERA clip.
Mike Ashmore of ThunderBaseball points out the Yankees tendency to pursue Japanese relievers, and notes that Okajima's results lately have been less than ideal:
Twitter / @DavidWaldstein: Yankees have agreed to min ...
Yankees have agreed to minor league deal with former Red Sox reliever Hideki Okajima, will get spring invite. first report by Hochi Shinbun
MLB Rumors: Aoki, Okajima, Pinto, Whitesell - MLB Daily Dish
Sponichi is reporting that the New York Yankees are working on a minor league deal for Hideki Okajima, while the Softbank Hawks are trying to lure lefty Renyel Pinto to Japan, according to Newman.
Twitter / @mashmore98: I guess the Yankees have s ...
I guess the Yankees have some sort of contractual obligation to have a crappy Japanese pitcher in camp...
Twitter / @mashmore98: Okajima really, really tai ...
Okajima really, really tailed off after a solid first few years w Boston. WHIP over the last two years isn't pretty either.