Takashi Saito has agreed to terms of a 1-year, $2 million contract for this season. The deal assures the 3rd year star of going into the season without any lingering contract issues.
In short, Saito has had a brilliant career thus far. In '06, he was 6-2, 24 SV, 2.07 ERA. In '07, he was 2-1, 39 SV, 1.40 ERA. For those of you keeping score at home, that's a career total of 8-3, 63 SV, 1.77 ERA. He's only blown 6 saves along the way as well. That's like as many blown saves as Danys Baez had in his short stint in '06 when he was supposed to be the heir apparent to Eric Gagne. Thank God he's gone.
At 38, he's shown no signs of slowing down, though I have a feeling the second he gets into even a little bit of trouble, that talk will heat up. Combined with Jonathan Broxton, they can turn games into 7 inning affairs.