One More. This Made Me Say...."WHA!!!!!" NEW SOX PITCHER....
From the Herald of Boston, minutes ago......
"The Red Sox’ pursuit of Daisuke Matsuzaka is not finished but if and when he signs, the Japanese right-hander will have a countryman to keep him company in the clubhouse: Hideki Okajima.
According to a source, the Sox are expected to announce soon that they have signed the left-handed reliever, who will turn 31 on Christmas.
A Yomiuri Giant for 11 years until he moved to the Nippon Ham Fighters last season, Okajima is primarily a left-handed specialist, although he has been used as a set-up man and could grow into that role for the Sox. He is said to have a devastating curveball but is not a hard thrower.
Terms and length of the contract are not known, but it is believed the sides were discussing a two-year deal....."
Peter here. And ANY leftie for the bullpen, that empty space that we need filled to do ANYTHING this coming season, and a leftie with a devastating curveball (can you say Bruce Hurst?) to boot, sounds so good. I hope this is true. If so, the focus has turned to the bullpen, closer and set-up guys. And then the SS question will be answered. And then the Manny muckiness, and then......THAT'S IT! Enough for now. This SI article looked so good, and so "maybe" accurate, I had to put it up. Keep it here, my dear friends.