Hisanori Takahashi started his training in Honolulu, Hawaii on the 9th (Japan time 10th). He told reporters that he wanted to start throwing inside more, particularly with regards to his change-up to left-handed batters.
Takahashi is also currently working out with Hiroki Sanada (YOK).
The Boston Red Sox announced on the 10th that they signed Hideki Okajima to a 1-year deal worth US$1.75M (that could be worth up to US$2.3M after bonuses).
Via Nikkan Sports and Sponichi: The Minnesota Twins had placed a bid on Hisashi Iwakuma. GM Bill Smith mentioned on a radio show at the end of December that they submitted the second highest bid at US$7.7M (or around 620M yen).