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  1. A tribute to Hideki Okajima, the 17th best reliever of all-time

    Mar 5, 2012, 10:00 PM EDT

    Hideki Okajima

    Well, by one measure anyway. After failing his physical with the Yankees, Hideki Okajima returned to Japan over the weekend, signing with the Softbank Hawks. He’ll bring with him the 17th best ERA+ among all major league relievers to throw at least 200 innings: 1. Mariano Rivera – 206 2. Takashi Saito – 199 3.…

  2. Yankees to fill Okajima void with Clay Rapada

    Feb 18, 2012, 6:13 PM EDT

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    The Yankees were on the hunt for another lefty relief candidate after Hideki Okajima failed his physical and apparently have found one in veteran Clay Rapada, says MLB.com. Rapada, who turns 31 next month, is expected to get a minor league contract. The sidearmer had a 6.06 ERA in 16 1/3 innings for the Orioles…

  3. Yankees release Hideki Okajima after failed physical exam

    Feb 17, 2012, 1:40 PM EDT

    Hideki Okajima

    UPDATE: No word yet on the cause of the failed physical, but the Yankees have released Okajima. ========== Hideki Okajima, who signed a minor-league contract with the Yankees in December, has failed his physical exam according to David Waldstein of the New York Times. Waldstein speculates that the Yankees will void his contract and make…

  4. Red Sox finalize one-year deal with Hideki Okajima

    Jan 10, 2011, 12:57 PM EDT

    Hideki Okajima

    Last week Hideki Okajima was said to be close to re-signing with the Red Sox and now Jerry Crasnick of ESPN.com reports that the two sides have finalized a one-year contract worth $1.75 million in guaranteed money and another $550,000 in potential incentives. Boston non-tendered Okajima last month rather than pay what likely would have…

  5. Red Sox close to re-signing reliever Hideki Okajima

    Dec 31, 2010, 3:47 PM EDT

    Hideki Okajima

    Non-tendered by the Red Sox three weeks ago Hideki Okajima is close to returning to Boston, according to Nick Cafardo of the Boston Globe. Cafardo reports that Okajima is on the verge of agreeing to a one-year contract, presumably for less than the $3.5 million or so the Red Sox likely would have owed him…

  6. Red Sox expected to non-tender reliever Hideki Okajima

    Dec 2, 2010, 10:47 AM EDT

    Hideki Okajima

    Boston is expected to non-tender reliever Hideki Okajima before tonight’s deadline, according to Gordon Edes of ESPNBoston.com. Okajima proved to be an excellent investment for the Red Sox, who signed him out of Japan in November of 2006 for just $2.5 million. He quickly emerged as one of the league’s top setup men, going 12-4…

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