Otero called up from minors to help A's pitching

The Oakland Athletics have purchased the contract of pitcher Dan Otero from Triple-A Sacramento on Friday and optioned left-hander Hideki Okajima to the minors. The moves come one day after the A's needed to go deep in their bullpen in an 18-inning win over the New York Yankees. Otero was 1-0 with a 0.99 ERA with the River Cats and was 15 for 15 in save opportunities. The 28...
Via Fox Sports
June 14, 2013  |  Discuss

Triple-A Nashville Sounds / Sacramento River Cats Scouting Videos! (And plenty of others, as well).

Yesterday, I did a short piece about a feature that minor league analyst/writer/scout Nathaniel Stoltz published in Big Leauges Magazine that focused on some Nashville Sounds players. As it turns out, Nathaniel has a nice youtube channel featuring some plate appearances and pitching performances by the Brewers Triple-A players, as well! Really nice clarity, here, for seeing movement...
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May 21, 2013  |  Discuss

Oakland Athletics Recall Hideki Okajima, Designate Chris Resop

The Oakland Athletics have recalled Hideki Okajima from their Triple-A Sacramento minor league affiliate. The left-handed reliever is expected to be another arm in the bullpen. Reliever Chris Resop on the other hand didn’t have as good of a day, as he was designated for assignment by Oakland. He will have to clear waivers and accept an assignment to a farm club to remain in the...
Via FF Locker Room
May 17, 2013  |  Discuss

Brett Anderson Out Four Weeks With Fractured Ankle, Hideki Okajima Joins A’s

Prior to the beginning of the A’s weekend series against the Kansas City Royals, the Oakland Athletics announced that starting pitcher Brett Anderson will miss at least the next four weeks with a stress fracture in his right foot. Anderson, already on the disabled list, will be reevaluated in four weeks and have a walking boot removed. At that point, it will be determined if Anderson...
Via BaySportsNet
May 17, 2013  |  Discuss

A's Add Okajima; DFA Resop

Hot News for P Hideki Okajima
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May 17, 2013  |  Discuss

Sonny Gray, Hideki Okajima, Stephen Vogt and Others Knocking on the Door, Just No Space on 40-Man Roster

Despite having an overall winning record of 18-17, the A’s are actually just 7-16 against teams not named the Houston Astros or Los Angeles Angels and are struggling against the bulk of their American League counterparts. With an entire starting outfield on the disabled list (Coco Crisp, Chris Young and now Josh Reddick), an ace starting pitcher in Brett Anderson and very likely...
Via BaySportsNet
May 09, 2013  |  Discuss

A’s finalize opening day roster

After closing out the spring with a 4-3 win over the Giants, the A’s made their final cuts to arrive at their 25-man opening day roster. Among the roster moves made on Saturday, the A’s placed shortstop Hiro Nakajima on the 15-day DL retroactive to March 27, which had been expected. The team also sent reliever Pedro Figueroa and infielder Andy Parrino to Triple-A and reassigned...
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March 31, 2013  |  Discuss

MLB Team Previews: Oakland Athletics

Key Additions SIGNED/RESIGNED: Bartolo Colon (P), Hiroyuki Nakajima (SS), Hideki Okajima (P) TRADED FOR: Chris Young (CF), Andy Parrino (2B), Andrew Werner (P), John Jaso (C), Jed Lowrie (SS),  Fernando Rodriguez (P) Key Losses Brandon Inge (3B), Stephen Drew (SS), Jonny Gomes (OF/DH), Jeremy Accardo (P), Brandon...
Via Heff's Sports Blog
March 17, 2013  |  Discuss

A's Add Okajima

The Oakland A's non-roster invitee list grew by one on Tuesday, as the team announced the signing of veteran reliever Hideki Okajima to a minor-league contract.
Via athletics.scout.com
February 12, 2013  |  Discuss

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...
Via Minus Twenty-Two
February 11, 2013  |  Discuss

Athletics sign reliever Hideki Okajima

Hideki Okajima has agreed to a minor league contract with the Oakland Athletics.  CLICK TO READ MORE!
Via Tireball.com
February 11, 2013  |  Discuss

Report: Athletics Considering Signing Former Red Sox Reliever Hideki Okajima

Hideki Okajima had a rather peculiar MLB career, sometimes looking unhittable and other times looking like garbage. It might not be time for us to get off the roller coaster just yet. The Oakland A’s are considering signing Okajima, according to the San Francisco Chronicle. Okajima, who turned 37 on Christmas Day, spent 2012 pitching in Japan, where he first made a name for himself...
Via NESN.com
January 28, 2013  |  Discuss

2013 NPB Free Agents in Context

Earlier this week, the great NPB prospect maven, Patrick Newman, ran down a list of the 2013 NPB free agents of interest. He identifies five free agents as likely candidates for impact in the MLB: 1. RP Kyuji Fujikawa 2. SS Hiroyuki Nakajima 3. SS Takashi Toritani 4. 2B Kensuke Tanaka 5. RP Hideki Okajima (who is poised for his second tour of MLB duty) Newman — a Japanese speaker...
Via Fangraphs
November 01, 2012  |  Discuss

Japanese Baseball Foreigners: Fun With Wlad and Wily Mo

Browsing through the Japanese leaderboards at baseball-reference is a strange occupation. The first thing you notice is all of the old friends who are doing well over there: boldfaced names who played in the majors once upon a time and took the transpacific voyage to keep playing baseball. Of all of the hitters with at least 55 at-bats, 16 of 130 have played in the majors. Of the...
Via Fangraphs
June 14, 2012  |  Discuss

Okajima is going back to Japan

To the delight of most Red Sox fans, Hideki Okajima will be heading back to Japan to pitch for the Softbank Hawks. Even though he was not a part of the Red Sox organization anymore, the thought of a very slim possibility of him returning was nauseating. Okajima spent most of 2011 with the Pawsox and most recently failed his physical with the Yankees. The decision was an easy one...
Via Ted's Army
March 05, 2012  |  Discuss

New York Yankees: Cashman you are losing it again

Image via Wikipedia Are the New York Yankees in need of another right-handed reliever? No, no…. the Yankees need a lefty to aid Boone Logan out of the bullpen, and even more so now that LHR Hideki Okajima failed his physical a few days ago. Well, not when your GM is named Brian Cashman who is on his quantity vs. quality crusade again hoping to look like a genius; when in actuality...
Via Lady Loves Pinstripes
February 23, 2012  |  Discuss

Yanks on Verge of Signing Clay Rapada

From Zack Meisel:The Yankees are near an agreement with reliever Clay Rapada on a Minor League contract with an invite to Spring Training, a source told MLB.com. Rapada will likely fill the void created when left-handed reliever Hideki Okajima failed his physical this week. Okajima, 36, had signed a Minor League contract with a Spring Training invitation in late December. In...
Via Sliding Into Home
February 18, 2012  |  Discuss

Report: Hideki Okajima Fails Physical, Will Not Join Yankees

Hideki Okajima was set to try to earn a spot in the Yankees bullpen this season, but it looks like the lefty's career in pinstripes is over before it even started. Okajima failed his physical with the team, according to David Waldstein of The New York Times. Team doctors reportedly didn't like the results of an MRI on the reliever's left shoulder. The failed physical...
Via NESN.com
February 18, 2012  |  Discuss

Yankees' Michael Pineda aims to lose weight heading into season

Also, Hideki Okajima fails his physical
Via NJ.com
February 17, 2012  |  Discuss

LHP Okajima fails physical; won't be at spring training with the Yankees

Left-handed pitcher Hideki Okajima has failed his physical and won't be at spring training with the New York Yankees.The Yankees signed the former Red Sox reliever to a minor league contract in December.The lefty posted a record of 1-0 with a 4.32 ERA in 8.1 innings last year for Boston.He was expected to compete for a spot as a situational pitcher out of the bullpen for the Yankees.
Via Pro Sports Daily
February 17, 2012  |  Discuss

Okajima Fails Physical

From Bryan Hoch:Hideki Okajima failed his physical and will not report to Spring Training with the Yankees. Okajima, 36, had signed a Minor League contract with a spring invitation in late December, hoping to bounce back to the effective form he showed in his first few seasons with the Red Sox. WFAN 660 AM’s Sweeny Murti first reported that Okajima would not be in camp.Well...
Via Sliding Into Home
February 17, 2012  |  Discuss

Okajima fails physical, won't be at Yanks camp

Left-handed reliever Hideki Okajima has failed his physical and will not report to Yankees camp, a source confirmed to MLB.com.
Via mlb.com
February 17, 2012  |  Discuss

Ex-Red Sox lefty Okajima fails Yanks physical

Left-handed relief pitcher Hideki Okajima has failed his physical and will not be in spring training with the New York Yankees.
February 17, 2012  |  Discuss

Okajima & Jones in pinstripes

The Yanks signed Andruw Jones to a one-year contract for $2mill with another $1.4 mill in incentives.  Still a power threat against lefties, Jones is likely to see more playtime in the outfield in 2012 to make room for Montero to get a fair amount of right-handed DH duties.  Though Jones looked a bit portly in the pinstripes last year, I did enjoy the ridiculous moonshots he launched...
Via Yanks Fan vs Sox Fan
January 02, 2012  |  Discuss

Hot Stove: Sox acquire Bailey, Jays discussing Garza

Here is the latest hot stove buzz circulating around MLB: The Red Sox acquired closer Andrew Bailey from the A’s for Josh Reddick and two prospects. The Cubs and Blue Jays are discussing a deal for RHP Matt Garza. Tim Lincecum and the Giants are not close to agreeing on a new contract. The Yankees signed LHP Hideki Okajima to a minor league contract. The Rockies don’t feel Cody...
Via Matthew Cerrone's Mets Blog
December 29, 2011  |  Discuss
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