The Arizona Diamondbacks have officially signed one of their key targets of the offseason. Takashi Saito is on his way to Phoenix. The deal is reportedly for one year and around $1.75 million. Here is part of the official press release on the subject.
PHOENIX – The Arizona Diamondbacks have agreed to terms with All-Star right-handed pitcher Takashi Saito on a one-year contract, according to D-backs’ Executive Vice President and General Manager Kevin Towers.
"Takashi brings a great veteran presence to our bullpen and strengthens an area where we already feel very good about our options," said Towers. "He has closed, been a set-up man and is versatile enough to fill any role."
At 41, Saito is still going strong. He posted a 2.03 ERA last year, striking out 23 and walking only nine batters in 30 appearances for the Brewers. He didn't allow a single run in the postseason and was 10th among all NL relievers. His best years came when he was with the Los ANgeles Dodgers in 2006-2007, making the All-Star team the second year and finishing fifth among all relievers in 2006. He is undoubtedly one of the most consistent relief men in the game.
With the Diamondbacks signing Craig Breslow, Arizona probably has one of the strongest bullpens in the National League, and will look to use that to help return to the playoffs next season.
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