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Hideki Okajima returns from Japan, signs with A’s

Feb 11, 2013, 8:23 AM EDT

Hideki Okajima

UPDATE: Ken Rosenthal of FOXSports.com says it’s a done deal. Minor-league contract.

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Hideki Okajima took a year off Major League Baseball and kicked some butt back in Japan, posting a a 0.94 ERA in 48 innings for the Fukuoka Softbank Hawks. Now he’s coming back and Susan Slusser of the San Francisco Chronicle reports that he and the A’s are close to a deal. She first reported their interest a couple of weeks ago.

She doesn’t say the nature of the deal, but it’s presumably a minor league contract.

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