Yamakita, 32, and Naoyo Okamoto, 26, spent last season with Shonen
Searex, which sounds like a college rock band from the 80s, but is
actually the farm team of the Yokohama BayStars.
Beerleaguer: Always wanted the Phillies to try something like this to see if they could catch lighting in a bottle with quirky Japanese lefties based on the power of confusion. Guys like right-hander Takashi Saito and lefty Hideki Okajima were good, but weren't exactly setting the world on fire in Japan before rising to fame across the pond. Nevertheless, these relievers aren't really comparable. Yamakita, the elder of the pair, has assembled a 9-year career career as a middling loogy in Japan, last appearing in 2008. In 193 1-3 career innings, he's 5-6 with a 5.03 ERA and 153/77 K/BB ratio. With Shonen in 2009, where he was briefly teammates with former Phillie Les Walrond, he appeared in 30 games with a 2.67 ERA. Meanwhile, the younger Okamoto has pitched sparingly in parts of five seasons with Yokohama, appearing in only 10 games with an ERA north of 11 and his last appearance occurring in 2007. In 2009 with Shonen, he pitched in 19 games to the tune of a 5.28 ERA.As one reader on NBPTracker.com put it, "the Phillies have been pretty good recently, so maybe they can afford to add two players contaminated with the 'BayStars Stench of Losing.'"