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Atlanta is at it again. Just a day after acquiring Billy Wagner to serve as the clubÆs new closer, the Braves have reportedly signed free agent reliever Takashi Saito to a one-year deal. Ken Rosenthal of FoxSportsáreports, via Twitter, that Saito's base salary will be $3.2 million, according to a major-league source. He can earn $2.3 million in appearance-based incentives. The move further reinforces the back end of a bullpen that could have been destroyed by the free agent exodus of Rafael Soriano and Mike Gonzalez who have shared the bulk of Atlanta's closing and setup duties in recent years. Soriano and Gonzalez were both offered arbitration, and sources said the Braves would have qualms with one or both accepting the offer and returning next season. It is believed, however, that both ...

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