ATLANTA (AP) - The Braves have made another move to strengthen
their pitching staff, agreeing to a one-year contract with
right-handed reliever Takashi Saito.
Saito, who turns 40 in February, has 83 saves in four major
league seasons after a long career in Japan. He made the NL
All-Star team in 2007, when he had 39 saves for the Los Angeles
Dodgers. Last season, the right-hander went 3-3 with two saves and
a 2.43 ERA in a setup role for the Boston Red Sox.
Saito is expected to remain in that spot with the Braves, who
signed closer Billy Wagner to a $7 million, one-year deal on