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Looks like Okajima will return to Red Sox

Posted by Nick Cafardo, Globe Staff  December 31, 2010 03:08 PM

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Hideki Okajima's departure from the Red Sox may be short-lived. A Major League source indicated that Okajima is close to agreeing on a one-year deal that would keep him in a Red Sox uniform.

Okajima would join lefties Rich Hill, Andrew Miller and Felix Doubront in competition for a role out of the pen, Okajima was non-tendered in November, but general manager Theo Epstein always indicated he might have interest in re-signing him. Okajima had a poor season, but seemed to bounce back in September.

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