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Braves sign Takashi Saito

Written by Joe Lucia on .

Mark Bowman is reporting that Takashi Saito is now a Brave, to the tune of 1 year, $3 million. Saito has spent 4 years in America, and has been pretty great in each one, never posting an ERA above 2.50 and and striking a ton of dudes out. However, his walk rate has increased each of the last 2 years. I'll blame last year's problems on the fact that he was in the toughest division of the toughest league. Saito doesn't allow many homers (15 in 245 1/3 career innings), and uses 3 pitches...the fastball, a slider, and a curve. Saito will likely serve as the 8th inning man in front of new closer Billy Wagner. At $3 million, its not a huge hit to the payroll. The $10 million that Saito and Wagner will make next season is nearly identical to the $9.5 million made last season by Soriano and Gonzalez. This signing will not cost the Braves a draft pick. Overall, I like the signing. Its another strong arm for the back end of the pen, and will leave less room for guys like Manny Acosta to kick along next season.

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