Hideki Okajima Signs Minor-League Deal With Orioles
Hideki Okajima (AP Photo)
Former Red Sox reliever Hideki Okajima has signed a minor-league deal with division rival Baltimore. Reportedly, the deal does not include an invitation to Orioles' major-league Spring Training Camp. The Japanese lefty has not pitched in the majors since 2013—in a brief stint with the Oakland A's. He was part of the 2007 Red Sox World Series Championship team. In parts of five seasons with The Carmine Hose, the 40-year old "Oki" was 17-8 with a 3.09 ERA over 246 1/3 innings. More than likely, Okajima will be Triple-A pitching protection for the Orioles.