Monday, February 11, 2013
If the A's land Okajima
By Doug Mittler
After completing a deal last week that brought over Jed Lowrie from the Astros, Athletics general manager Billy Beane said the 25-man roster is complete.
That might change because the A’s are close to a deal with reliever Hideki Okajima, tweeted Susan Slusser of the San Francisco late Sunday night.
The 37-year-old Okajima hasn't pitched in the big leagues since 2011 with Boston and spent last season in Japan with the Fukuoka Softbank Hawks, posting a 0.94 ERA over 47 2/3 innings. Okajima could provide yet another southpaw option on a bullpen that already includes Sean Doolittle, Jordan Norberto and Jerry Blevins.