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PHOENIX -- The A's have officially agreed to terms with left-handed pitcher Hideki Okajima on a minor league contract. The Japanese-born pitcher will join the A's as a non-roster invite.
The A's bullpen is stacked this season, but his Major League experience could put him in the running to win one of the final spots. Okajima, 37, has spent parts of five season in MLB, and has been pitching professionally in Japan since 1995.
Okajima's last stint in the United States was with the Boston Red Sox in 2011. He was 1-0 with a 4.32 ERA in seven games. He was signed last season by the Yankees but later released and he returned to Japan.
He was 0-2 with nine saves in 2012 for the Soft Bank Hawks. He had a 0.94 ERA in 56 games and walked just six batters in 47 2/3 innings. He is 17-8 with a 3.11 ERA in his Major League career.