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11/30/2006 12:16 PM ET
Boston Red Sox agree to terms with lefthanded pitcher Hideki Okajima on a multi-year contract
Official announcement to take place at 5:00 p.m. today
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BOSTON -- The Boston Red Sox have agreed to terms with free agent lefthanded pitcher Hideki Okajima on a two-year contract for 2007 and 2008 with an option for the 2009 season.

An official announcement will take place at 5:00 p.m., today, Thursday, Nov. 30. Hideki Okajima will be in attendance for the announcement with Red Sox Executive Vice President/General Manager Theo Epstein and Red Sox Vice President/Professional and International Scouting Craig Shipley.

Okajima, 30, has been one of the top setup relievers in Nippon Professional Baseball for the last several years. In 2006, he was 2-2 with a career best 2.14 ERA and four saves in 55 appearances with the Hokkaido Nippon Ham Fighters.

Okajima was traded to the Fighters in March 2006 after 11 seasons with the Yomiuri Giants. He became an unrestricted free agent at the end of the 2006 season. The lefthander has a career record of 34-32 with a 3.36 ERA and 41 saves in 439 games with Yomiuri (1995-2005) and Nippon Ham (2006).

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