Brewers Sign Takashi Saito

The Brewers signed reliever Takashi Saito to a one-year deal, the team announced today. The contract guarantees Saito $1.75MM and gives him the chance to earn $1.5MM more through incentives, according to Tom Haudricourt of the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel.

Saito has a chance to match last year's $3.2MM salary through appearance and roster bonuses; his physical is already done.  Nikkan Sports was first to report the possible deal, which NPB Tracker passed along on TwitterKen Rosenthal of FOX Sports first reported the agreement.  Saito is represented by CAA.    

Saito, 41 in February, posted a 2.83 ERA, 11.5 K/9, 2.8 BB/9, 0.7 HR/9, and 43.6% groundball rate in 54 innings for the Braves this year.  He dealt with hamstring and shoulder injuries and has had serious elbow issues in the past, so the deal reflects the health uncertainty despite Saito's fantastic numbers.

The Brewers' bullpen ranked 12th in the NL with a 4.48 ERA this year.  Saito will join John Axford, Kameron Loe, LaTroy Hawkins, and Sean Green in the 2011 pen.  Todd Coffey, Trevor Hoffman, Carlos Villanueva, and others have departed.

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