After three solid seasons, Red Sox pitcher Hideki Okajima hit some sort of road block this season and has struggled all season. He owns a 5.02 ERA through 48 appearances, and being arbitration eligible this season makes him a non-tender candidate.
Okajima's ERA from 2007-2009 progressively increased, going from 2.22 in 2007 to 2.61 in '08 and then 3.39 in '09. His strike outs numbers also fell, although not dramatically, and his control has certainly worsened. He will be 35 in December, and we should expect the Red Sox to comb through the reliever market before determining Okajima's future with the club.
The Red Sox did make contact with the Cubs concerning lefty reliever Sean Marshall, but were told he was not available. It will be interesting to see who they pursue this offseason.