What’s worse than teasing Sox fans with a playful headline like the "Red Sox sign Japenese pitcher — not that one" gem published by the AP?
When my e-mail alert only has enough room for the e-mail headline to read: "Red Sox sign Japanese pitche …"
Thanks for that. Now I need new pants.
The deal for Hideki Okajima looks like a good one, considering the amount of money teams like the Orioles are throwing around (Chad Bradford? You’re really going to go there?) — 2 years, $2.5 million with a third-year option for a 30-year-old lefty reliever with decent stats. It’s nice, too, to see a contract figure that doesn’t make my eyes bleed.
The big question, of course, is whether Okajima can make the transition to U.S. ball. On that, we’ll just have to wait and see. This profile, courtesy of the Globe, sounds promising though. Considering the crapshoot that middle relief tends to be — and also considering the need to make Matsuzaka’s transition as smooth as possible — it’s hard not to like this signing.