Hideki Okajima told reporters that his number 1 reason for staying in Boston was for his family. Okajima apparently received a number of "good" offers from clubs in both the US and Japan but ultimately decided to stay in Boston after his third child was born in December.
"We had our third child in December last year and more than at any time [in my career], I thought about my family and felt it would be best if we didn't move away from our current home," said Okajima.
Ryota Igarashi looked back at last season and told reporters that felt that his season fell apart because he couldn't make the necessary adjustments. Adjustments he felt he should have been able to make if he had more confidence in himself and was mentally stronger. The tough travel schedules, the differences in temperature, the slippery baseball... These were all things he knew about, but when things came to push and shove and his out pitch, the fork, didn't move as he hoped it would, things just came tumbling down.
In the end, it seems Igarashi was able to figure out the things he lacked last season and now hopes to use that to his advantage this season.
Igarashi is currently working out at Athlete's Performance and has already started working on a new off-speed pitch. Igarashi hopes to take advantage of his spring training invite from the Mets and make it back to the 40-man roster.