Report: Braves Sign Takashi Saito
|12.03.09 at 2:58 pm ET|
According to CBSSports.com, free-agent reliever Takashi Saito is prepared to sign a one-year, $3 million deal with the Braves. The report suggests that the deal will be announced later today.
Saito spent the 2009 season with the Red Sox, after signing an incentive-laden deal with a base salary of $1.5 million. Saito remained healthy and pitched well, recording a 2.43 ERA in 56 games as a middle-innings reliever. In the process, he earned enough incentives to increase the value of his deal to $6 million.
The Red Sox were interested in bringing Saito back to Boston, and the pitcher (who will turn 40 on Valentine’s Day) was interested in remaining with the Sox. However, it appears that the Braves were able to make a more attractive offer.
The Braves have now signed a pair of relievers who finished 2009 with the Sox, having also inked reliever Billy Wagner to a one-year, $7 million deal.
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