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Yankees Sign Hideki Okajima to Minor League Deal

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: