Yankees Will Not Sign Hideki Okajima

hideki-okajimaWhen the Red Sox designated their lefty reliever Hideki Okajima for assignment last week I wondered if the Yankees would take a chance on signing him as they have had a lack of quality left handed pitching this season, but that will not be the case.

According to Peter Abraham of the Boston Globe, Okajima has cleared waivers and been assigned to the minor leagues.

The Yankees must either like their own internal options in Randy Flores and Andy Sisco or they have something else in mind. One thing is certain, Boone Logan is not getting the job done. Lefties are hitting .323 off him this year.

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5 Responses to Yankees Will Not Sign Hideki Okajima

  1. I would like to know your opinion Rob, Should yankees go for him?

  2. Jaime says:

    They should have at least tried to. Anybody is an upgrade over Boone Logan!! I don't know how Girardi could justify taking Burnett out and putting him and Ayala in.. They threw up the white flag with those two relievers last night..

    • Mike Sommer says:

      Burnett struggled all night, was at 97 pitches after five innings. He tried to get an inning from Logan and Ayala then go D-Rob, Joba and Mo. The biggest problem is that $18 million is on the DL right now (Soriano, Feliciano and Marte). Which raises the question. Since he's had a dead arm, and Colon & Garcia are pitching well, where should Hughes go when he is ready to pitch again? If Colon and Garcia are healthy and continuing to pitch well, the answer could be the bullpen for the rest of 2011 (especially if Feliciano/Soriano have trouble in making it back) then back in the rotation for 2012 (with hopefully a strong and recovered arm). Just a thought.