Frank Wren continues to be an aggressive shopper, picking up Takashi Saito on a $3.2 million, one-year deal. The contract includes $500,000 in bonuses for appearances, and $1.8 million for games finished. So, if he supplants Wagner as the closer, he’ll get paid for it.
I have Saito valued at $6.25 million for 2010. Although, aging for a player who’s about to turn 40 and has been injured recently is difficult to calculate, I think it’s another good deal. I also wonder if the Braves had an advantage here, because they have a Japanese interpreter on staff.