A’s sign Hideki Okajima to minor-league deal

Per the Chronicle’s Susan Slusser, among others, the A’s came to terms on a minor-league contract with reliever Hideki Okajima on Monday, the day pitchers and catchers officially reported for camp.

The deal is set to be announced Tuesday, pending the results of a physical.

The lefty spent 2012 out of MLB, playing in Japan and putting up a 0.94 ERA. Prior to that, Okajima spent five seasons in the Red Sox’s bullpen, posting a 3.11 ERA and 1.24 WHIP. Okajima was preparing to join the Yankees during spring training last year but was released after failing a physical.

Okajima joins an A’s pen that’s already crowded. Oakland has at least 10 guys competing for seven spots in the bullpen. According to Slusser, Okajima could have an out in his contract that would allow for him and the team to part ways should he not make the ball club.

[via SFGate]

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