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Source: Red Sox close to bringing back Hideki Okajima

12.31.10 at 3:56 pm ET
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According to a baseball source, the Red Sox are close to bringing back Hideki Okajima on a one-year deal. The 35-year-old Okajima, who has been with the Red Sox since 2007, was non-tendered by the team in Nov. He went 4-4 with a 4.50 ERA in 56 games last season.

The agreement would be for a major-league deal, meaning the Sox would have to make a corresponding roster move to clear a spot on the 40-man roster for the lefty.

The Boston Globe was first to report the development. For more Red Sox coverage, see the team page at weei.com/redsox.

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