Reliever Hideki Okajima played 261 games for the Red Sox between 2007 and 2011 and was an AL All-Star in 2007. He then signed with the Yankees as a free agent in December of 2011 on a minor league contract.
After failing his physical before spring training with the Yankees, he was released. Okajima then signed to a one-year contract with Japan’s Fukuoka SoftBank Hawks in February 2012, but was granted a release to return to the United States for 2013, where he signed with the Oakland Athletics.
Okajima pitched five games for Oakland in the first half of 2013, recording a 2.25 ERA and allowing one run on seven hits with one strikeout in four total innings.