The Yokohama BayStars signed pitcher Tomo Ohka, according to a Sanspo report passed along by NPB Tracker's Patrick Newman on Twitter. Newman notes that Ohka began his career with the BayStars. The Red Sox purchased Ohka's contract from the team in '98 and started him at Double A the following year.
Ohka, 34, posted a 5.96 ERA, 3.9 K/9, and 2.4 BB/9 in 71 innings for the Indians last year, allowing 18 home runs. Ohka had signed with a Mexican League team in March, but was quickly released.
I profiled Ohka in December of '06, back when he was holding out for a three-year deal. He's an interesting character.