Braves Love Those Old Relievers, Sign Saito

Posted: 4th December 2009 by Adam Bernacchio in MLB
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A day after signing 38-year-old Billy Wagner to close games in 2010, the Atlanta Braves signed another veteran reliever from the Boston Red Sox. Yesterday, the Braves signed 39-year-old Takashi Saito to a one-year, $3.2 million contract. Saito can earn an additional $2.3 million in incentives in 2010. Saito is expected to be the primary set-up man to Wagner in 2010. Saito has been pretty solid since coming to the United States in 2006. In four yearsûtwo with the Los Angeles Dodgers and one with the Red Sox, he has never had an ERA above 2.49. Saito will set up Wagner in 2010 Is Saito the dominant pitcher now that he was four years ago? No, he is not. This is evident by the fact that his K/9 has gone down the last two years (11.5 to 8.4) and his BB/9 have gone up the last two yea ...

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