Okajima, Red Sox Avoid Arbitration

The Red Sox and reliever Hideki Okajima have agreed to terms on a one-year deal, reports Ian Browne of MLB.com (via Twitter).  Okajima will make $2.75MM and will receive bonuses of $50K each for 50, 55, 60, 65, and 70 appearances, according to Browne in a follow-up tweet.  The deal marks a significant raise for the lefty as he earned a base salary of $1.25MM last season.

In 2009, Okajima posted a 3.39 ERA with 7.8 K/9 and 3.1 BB/9 in 68 games.  The 34-year-old is entering his fourth major league season and will be under the BoSox contractual control until 2012.


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28 Comments on "Okajima, Red Sox Avoid Arbitration"


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BoSoxSam
5 years 5 months ago

Ouch. Having those bonuses for number of appearances seem just a little scary. Wouldn’t want him stretching himself to get that last 50k or something, right? Just sayin…otherwise, this is a great thing for the Sox. Gotta keep Okie around!

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LawUSA87
5 years 5 months ago

I don’t see him being overused this year with our depth in pitching and the return of long relief.

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LawUSA87
5 years 5 months ago

I don’t see him being overused this year with our depth in pitching and the return of long relief.

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philpbarnes
5 years 5 months ago

Good news. Thats a virtual bargain for a guy like him.

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YanksFanSince78
5 years 5 months ago

Hmmm, that’s odd. I just assumed that Okie had a deal similar to other Japanesse imports where his contral and salary were predetermined.

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Devern Hansack
5 years 5 months ago

Excellent signing for the Sox. I’m curious what other lefty will join him in the bullpen this year (Fabio Castro, Dustin Richardson, or Brian Shouse).

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SierraM363
5 years 5 months ago

Okajima needs to retire with the Red Sox. He’s been great since the day he signed here.