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1/12/2011: Hideki Okajima, Daisuke Matsuzaka, Koji Uehara

by on Jan.12, 2011 @ 12:30 pm, under MLB

The Boston Herald's Michael Silverman has more on Hideki Okajima's contract (via Nikkan Sports):

The Red Sox and Hideki Okajima agreed to terms yesterday on a one-year deal worth a $1.75 million base salary that will allow the left-hander to become a free agent after this season.


According to a source, Okajima will be eligible to make up to $550,000 more in incentives. He will earn an extra $50,000 for breaking the 70-inning barrier, $125,000 for appearing in 60 games, another $125,000 for appearing in 65 games and $250,000 for making 70 appearances.

After incentives, Okajima made $3.25 million last year. In 2009, he made $1.75 million.


Daisuke Matsuzaka is currently in Honolulu, Hawaii for his training.  He told reporters that he'd like to win, at the very least, 15 games this season.

"As a starter, I don't want to set my goal at 10 wins, I'm thinking more along the lines of at least 15 wins," said Matsuzaka.  "It's a total I couldn't reach the last two seasons.  But Greg Maddux was able to do it 17 times in a row.  I'm beginning to think that that's the type of pitcher I want to become."


Koji Uehara worked out at a baseball field in the city on Tuesday and vowed to win the closer role this season.  Uehera doesn't plan on holding any bullpen sessions while he's in Japan, but does want to make sure he's ready to go once he returns to the States.


Hideki Matsui doesn't have a preference for his batter walk-up music.

Said Matsui, "Did I have music [when I played home games last year]?  I don't remember.  Maybe they were reducing costs.  Maybe they were trying to save money on electric bills by not playing any music (jokingly).  Sad if I don't have one?  It's all about playing baseball."


Spring Camp start dates (via Nikkan Sports):

Pitchers and Catchers:

Koji Uehara - Baltimore Orioles - 2/14

Hisanori Takakashi - LA Angels of Anaheim - 2/14

Daisuke Matsuzaka - Boston Red Sox - 2/15

Hiroki Kuroda - Los Angeles Dodgers - 2/17

Yoshinori Tateyama - Texas Rangers - 2/17

All other players:

Ichiro Suzuki - Seattle Mariners - 2/19

Hideki Matsui - Oakland A's - 2/21

Tsuyoshi Nishioka - Minnesota Twins - 2/23