Monday, January 28, 2013

Billy Beane's A's May Sign Hideki Okajima

Word from the city by the bay is that Moneyball GM Billy Beane may be signing former Red Sox reliever Hideki Okajima. Okajima spent last year toiling for the Fukuoka SoftBank Hawks—going 47 2/3 innings with a stellar 0.94 ERA. He had a 6-to1- strikeout to walk ratio with a WHIP of just 0.839. Of course, Red Sox fans remember his 3.11 ERA in 261 relief appearances for the Carmine Hose—along with his signature "OKIE-DOKIE" entrance song. By the way, Billy Beane has been stockpiling a bunch of ex-Red Sox players of late. The 2012 AL West Champions sported: Coco Crisp, Josh Reddick, Brandon Moss, and George Kottaras.