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Diamondbacks sign Takashi Saito

Posted on: December 12, 2011 5:55 pm
Edited on: December 13, 2011 3:11 pm
By Matt Snyder

The Arizona Diamondbacks have agreed to terms on a one-year, $1.75 million contract with relief pitcher Takashi Saito, reports's Jon Heyman.

Saito spent the first three seasons of his MLB career in the NL West, serving as the closer for the Dodgers for most of the 2006-08 seasons. He was an All-Star in 2007. He'll turn 42 before next season, but is still productive -- and that's a pretty cheap salary for a pitcher of his caliber.

Saito worked in 30 games last season for the NL Central champion Brewers, putting together a 2.03 ERA, 1.13 WHIP and 23 strikeouts in 26 2/3 innings. He'll join David Hernandez in setting up for J.J. Putz, giving a very formidable trio at the end of the ballgame for Arizona. Brad Ziegler is no slouch either, and the D-Backs will now have a full season from him, so the bullpen as a whole will be improved.

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Since: Oct 26, 2006
Posted on: December 13, 2011 4:29 pm

Diamondbacks sign Takashi Saito

Getting Saito ans Cahill with the pitching staff they already have, and young players like Paul Goldschmidt. I like this team to contend in 2012    Losing Jarrod Parker going for the now is ok with the young Trever Bauer still in the wings nice job Arizona

Since: Jun 20, 2011
Posted on: December 12, 2011 6:02 pm

Diamondbacks sign Takashi Saito

Why would the Brewers let this guy go? He was a huge part of that bullpen. They will probably trade K-Rod so they need guys to setup Axford.

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