Saturday, January 10, 2009

Boston Red Sox Sign Reliever Takashi Saito

This is JUST in from the Boston Globe, and Foxsports dot com...

"As first reported by's Ken Rosenthal, the Red Sox have signed free-agent reliever Takashi Saito to a one-year contract with a team option for 2010. The Sox will officially announce the signing later this afternoon, the Globe's Adam Kilgore reports. The deal includes a guarantee between $1.5 million and $2.5 million, according to Rosenthal, and Saito will have the chance to earn more than $7 million if he reaches all of his incentives. Rosenthal reports that Saito has already passed his physical."

Here's more, from the Globe...

"The 39-year-old Saito spent parts of the last three seasons as the Dodgers closer, saving 39 games for Los Angeles in 2007. The righthander missed significant time last season with a sprained ligament in his elbow, and the Dodgers did not offer him a contract for 2009, making him a free agent. With Jonathan Papelbon cemented in the closer's role for the Sox, Saito figures to be a mid-to-late inning reliever in Boston. The Red Sox made an offer to the former Dodgers closer earlier this winter. Saito has battled elbow issues, but the feeling of teams whose doctors have reviewed Saito's medical records is that he might be able to pitch, though not as a closer. While Saito, who will be 39 Feb. 14, won't be in demand, he might warrant a spring training invitation. Saito missed about two months for the Dodgers and was diagnosed with a partially torn tendon in his elbow, but he took an experimental injection instead of opting for Tommy John surgery and was able to make six appearances in September."

OK, it's Peter. This is unexpected. My goodness...39? But another arm cannot hurt...I think. Good luck to Takashi...we have to hope he can help.


At 1/10/2009 10:42 PM, Blogger Christopher said...

Well it looks like the Red Sox are working on the pitching now more seriously since the Tekshera (sorry for the spelling) deal feel through. That in my opinion buoys well for the Sox. I thought they are pretty fine out in the field right now. With Bey, Pedroia, Ellsbury and if Lowell is back healthy and strong that good to bring Youk back to first where he belongs. Not sure if the rotation needed strengthening much, but still doesn't hurt, but the pen defiantly needed help.

You do need need the hitting/pitching balance, but in my humbled opinion pitching will decide it.

At 1/11/2009 5:17 AM, Blogger Peter N said...

Pitching usually does, Christopher. Great comment, by the way. I think the Sox think of Takashi as a big "if," what with his elbow and with the doctors saying he "MIGHT" be able to pitch. Another low risk acquisition. Will it get 'em to October? Only time will tell. I hope so.

Have a great Sunday. Your comments are always welcomed.


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