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Saito garners interest from eight teams

Nov 29, 2009, 3:31 PM EDT

Thumbnail image for takashi saito.jpgEight teams, including the White Sox, Cubs, Braves and Mets, have interest in free agent Takashi Saito, according to a Sponichi report passed along by Patrick Newman of NPB Tracker.



Saito, who turns 40 in February,
posted a 2.42 ERA, 1.35 WHIP and 52/25 K/BB ratio in 55 2/3 innings
with the Red Sox in 2009. He signed an incentive-laden contract last
January coming back from a torn elbow ligament (without undergoing
surgery), but the Red Sox declined his $6 million option by releasing
him last month.




While he’s still a fine reliever,
capable of eighth or ninth-inning duties, Saito’s peripherals have been
headed in the wrong direction since his debut in 2006:




2006: 12.9 K/9, 2.64 BB/9, 0.34 HR/9

2007: 10.91 K/9, 1.82 BB/9, 0.70 HR/9

2008: 11.49 K/9, 3.06 BB/9, 0.19 HR/9

2009: 8.41 K/9, 4.04 BB/9, 0.97 HR/9



There’s no shortage of younger late-inning
relievers available this winter, so while the early interest is strong, the veteran right-hander is wading
into some uncertain waters.

  1. Joel Friedman - Nov 29, 2009 at 10:12 PM

    As soon as the Mets sign this guy, 3 yrs 18 million, his arm will fall off and Minaya will try to convert him to a first baseman.

  2. billybill - Nov 30, 2009 at 4:20 AM

    “wading into uncertain waters”?
    So what do you think?He’s taking a risk?Do you think he shouldn’t pursue his career?
    Be opinionated about something else.

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