Via Nikkan Sports: Bleacher Report has an article up that ranks the top 15 most unusual wind-ups in MLB history. Hideki Okajima (4th) and Hideo Nomo (2nd) are both included in the top 5.
Via Nikkan Sports and reader Eric: Takashi Saito signed a 1-year deal with the Milwaukee Brewers. FOX Sports' Ken Rosenthal reports that the deal could be worth up to US$3.2M. (See also - Nikkan Sports: Takashi Saito close to a deal with Brewers)
Sports Hochi: Koji Uehara apparently secured a green card in August 2011.
Said Uehara, "In living in the US, I realized I didn't have anything that would become an ID card. And that's why I applied for one. This also makes it easier for my family to live in the US."
Uehara has also been keeping his workouts to the minimum so far this winter by cutting his practice sessions in half (from 5 hours to 2.5 hours).
"I've pushed myself to the extremes to do my best, but I'm going to try and do the opposite now," said Uehara. "I'll pace myself more. I decided I would try to give myself a little more wiggle room. ... I realized I can't keep doing the same things I used to do when I was younger. I finally realized this after 13 years of pro baseball."