RP Okajima, A's reach minor-league deal
February 11, 2013
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PHOENIX (AP) - Free agent left-hander Hideki Okajima has agreed to a minor league contract with the Oakland Athletics, a person with knowledge of the negotiations said Monday.
The deal is pending a physical, which could take place as soon as Tuesday. The person spoke on condition of anonymity because the team had not announced the agreement.
Okajima spent th e 2007-11 seasons with the Boston Red Sox, then signed a minor league deal with the New York Yankees and was released at the start of spring training when he failed a physical.
The 37-year-old was 1-0 with a 4.32 ERA in 8 1-3 innings over seven relief appearances for Boston in 2011 and 8-1 with a 2.29 ERA in 34 relief appearances with Triple-A Pawtucket. An All-Star as a rookie in 2007, he is 17-8 with a 3.11 ERA and six saves in five major league seasons.
Oakland manager Bob Melvin declined to discuss Okajima on Monday.
The San Francisco Chronicle first reported the pending contract.
The Associated Press News Service
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