zevon wrote:SOX' closer by commitee will consist of Tavares, Wakefield, Timlin, Piniero, Hansen, Donnelly, Papelbon, Schilling, DelCarmen, Dinardo, Clement , and , in a surprise resurrection, Babe Ruth.
Word is we're paying the yanks $300 million and giving up the production revenues for the new Broadway play Yes Yes Yvette to open negotiations via none other than the Swami himself. The Sox will retain an exclusive on the sequel Go Go Yvette , however.
In some seriousness, what does anybody know about the other Japanese pitcher (Okajima) the Sox signed? I know he's a reliever, but that's about it...
Hideki Okajima, lefty specialist, 6’1”, 194lbs., is durable lefty that would be valuable to any team bullpen. Normally utilized as a shut down situational lefty, Okajima has also closed successfully for one year in his career. In 2006, Okajima was an essential element in Nippon’s Japan Series Championship. That will make him an attractive piece to a contending team looking for pitchers that are able to handle pressure. He is a control pitcher that employs a deceptive low 90’s fastball, great curve, and a forkball. Look for Okajima to get the occasional save when the situation calls for it and for his rubber-like arm to see many innings. He will earn 2.5 million dollars for the next 2 years with an option for a third year.
2006 Season |W-L|IP|H|ER|BB|K|ERA
Nippon Fighters 2-2 54.2 46 13 14 63 2.14
Predicted Availability: Free Agent 2006