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Thursday, December 03, 2009

Braves to sign Takashi Saito

Will Furman Bisher embrace Saito or will he blame him for Pearl Harbor?

The Braves are close to signing free-agent reliever Takashi Saito to a one-year contract, CBSSports.com has learned.

The deal, which should be announced later this afternoon, is expected to be for about $3 million.

With Saito and Billy Wagner, who signed on Wednesday, the Braves have rebuilt the back end of their bullpen with two pitchers who combined for 73 saves in 2007. Both have since come back from injuries, and the Braves are taking a shot that both will be healthy and effective in 2010.

RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: December 03, 2009 at 08:36 PM | 25 comment(s) Login to Bookmark
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   1. konaforever Posted: December 03, 2009 at 08:53 PM (#3402570)
Are they going to trade for Papelbon next?
   2. JJ1986 Posted: December 03, 2009 at 08:54 PM (#3402572)
Ramon Ramirez is available. Granted, it's the wrong one.
   3. The Interdimensional Council of Rickey!'s Posted: December 03, 2009 at 08:57 PM (#3402582)
One year deals for relievers are good.
   4. Rally Posted: December 03, 2009 at 09:02 PM (#3402593)
Saito, like Wagner, used to be really good, got hurt, came back, is ancient, but still a very good pitcher. I don't quite understand why his value is so different than Wagner's.

I don't think too many teams would be unhappy with Saito at that amount.
   5. Jose is an Absurd Sultan Posted: December 03, 2009 at 09:19 PM (#3402624)
That's nice work by the Braves. Saito seemed content to be a secondary closer with the Sox last year and he gives them a nice option on days Wagner can't go. I thought he looked better as the season went on too.
   6. Davo Posted: December 03, 2009 at 09:22 PM (#3402631)
With Saito and Billy Wagner, who signed on Wednesday, the Braves have rebuilt the back end of their bullpen with two pitchers who combined for 73 saves in 2007.
They should have signed John Smoltz. He and Wagner combined for 90 saves in 2002.
   7. The Interdimensional Council of Rickey!'s Posted: December 03, 2009 at 09:25 PM (#3402636)
Last year the Braves paid Soriano (RH) 6.5 mil, give or take. They paid Mike Gonzalez (LH) 3.3 or so. They just replaced both of them for essentially identical shared salaries.
   8. RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: December 03, 2009 at 09:36 PM (#3402660)
They should have signed John Smoltz. He and Wagner combined for 90 saves in 2002.


And combined with Mike Williams, that is 136 saves in 2002. And Mike Williams is very available.
   9. Mike Hampton's #1 Fan Posted: December 03, 2009 at 09:48 PM (#3402677)
They should have signed John Smoltz. He and Wagner combined for 90 saves in 2002.

Sure, Eric Gagne would listen if the Braves called.
   10. Russlan thinks deGrom is da bomb Posted: December 03, 2009 at 10:04 PM (#3402699)
Saito + Wagner < Gonzalez + Soriano but this is a very nice move for the Braves. The picks for Soriano and Gonzalez are going to be helpful as well. Good start to the offseason for Braves.
   11. JoeHova Posted: December 03, 2009 at 10:08 PM (#3402710)
With Bernard Madoff and Allen Stanford, who signed on Wednesday, the Braves have rebuilt their ownership group with two men who were worth a combined $5 billion in 2007.
   12. Brian White Posted: December 03, 2009 at 10:16 PM (#3402718)
Was Saito offered arbitration?
   13. Russlan thinks deGrom is da bomb Posted: December 03, 2009 at 10:20 PM (#3402723)
Saito wasn't a type A or B.
   14. JimMusComp misses old primer... Posted: December 03, 2009 at 10:24 PM (#3402727)
Really smart to sign the non type A or type B bullpen guys to replace Type A or B bullpen guys. They cost about the same as they paid for similar guys last year and get the draft picks too. If Saito and Wagner turn into pumpkins, I reserve the right to alter my opinion, but right now I really like this for the Braves. I wish the Angels had gone after Saito for that AAV for even two years if they had to - call it Fuentes/Jepsen insurance.
   15. Ignatius J. Reilly Posted: December 03, 2009 at 10:54 PM (#3402754)
Frank Wren has been pretty solid in Atlanta.

Now it's time for the offense.
   16. Ignatius J. Reilly Posted: December 03, 2009 at 11:13 PM (#3402774)
Rumors say that the Braves are in on Mike Cameron. That would vastly improve the OF defense with McLouth moving to LF. I'm assuming Schafer would be trade bait in a package for a 1B, which I'm not crazy about because you're selling low and I believe Schafer's floor is a plus defender in CF who has enough secondary skills to be league-average with the bat.

Hypothetically though, a Jurrjens/Schafer package gets the Pads attention for AGon.

A McLouth/Cameron/Heyward OF is miles better (offensively and defensively) than the Anderson/McLouth/Francoeur/Diaz/Church monstrosity of last season.
   17. Steve Balboni's Personal Trainer Posted: December 03, 2009 at 11:24 PM (#3402785)
What was his contract status with the Red Sox? Was it a team option for a second year? A straight-up one year deal?

At $3 million, I like this signing for Atlanta. Shoot, for $3 million, I'd keep him in Boston...
   18. Steve M. Posted: December 03, 2009 at 11:37 PM (#3402800)
#11- Nice
   19. Darren Posted: December 04, 2009 at 12:23 AM (#3402856)
He had an option for something like $6 mil with Boston. At $3 mil, he seems like a pretty good deal (that was the base of his contract last year). I'm not sure why the Red Sox were a) so intent on having him pitch mop-up and b) didn't want him back on a cheap deal this year.
   20. The Interdimensional Council of Rickey!'s Posted: December 04, 2009 at 01:31 AM (#3402926)
The numbers for this deal are a little bigger than discussed here. It's 3.2 mil guaranteed and another 2+ mil tied to performance incentives - mostly games finished.
   21. Russlan thinks deGrom is da bomb Posted: December 04, 2009 at 01:44 AM (#3402938)
The numbers for this deal are a little bigger than discussed here. It's 3.2 mil guaranteed and another 2+ mil tied to performance incentives - mostly games finished.

Saito is thinking there's a chance Wagner gets hurt and this is a way for him to be a closer again. The Braves are probably thinking along the same path.
   22. Textbook Editor Posted: December 04, 2009 at 02:18 AM (#3402960)
I could be wrong, but based on BBRef.com, in 2009 Saito:

--pitched on back-to-back days 3 times
--pitched more than 1 inning just 6 times (never more than 2 IP)
--pitched 3 games in 4 days 3 times
--never threw 3 days in a row

The Red Sox were very clearly trying to not have his arm blow up on them. While he was effective, they couldn't really lean on him for a big role because they couldn't really pitch him back-to-back or 3 times in 4 days, and these days you need your effective bullpen guys to be able to do these things. For $3 million, sure, he's a flier that's worth taking, but he not a backup closer candidate should Wagner implode... Or rather, I would suggest getting a backup-backup plan if Saito is your backup plan.
   23. Russlan thinks deGrom is da bomb Posted: December 04, 2009 at 02:21 AM (#3402962)
Good points, TE.
   24. Robert in Manhattan Beach Posted: December 04, 2009 at 02:25 AM (#3402964)
the Braves have rebuilt the back end of their bullpen with two pitchers who combined for 73 saves in 2007.

And of course nothing has happened to them since 2007.

Fragile relievers who really shouldn't pitch consecutive days and Bobby Cox. Oil meet water.
   25. Tuque Posted: December 04, 2009 at 06:32 AM (#3403101)
This reminds me a little bit of the Red Sox foraging the junkyard for starting pitchers last year. And that turned out extremely poorly...

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