Diamondbacks Designate Takashi Saito For Assignment

The Diamondbacks have designated Takashi Saito for assignment following yesterday's three-team deal, according to their official transactions page.  Saito was already set to hit the open market this winter, so the move essentially just removes him from the 40-man roster in advance.

The D'Backs signed Saito to a one-year, $1.75MM deal last December after the veteran drew interest from at least five other teams.  The right-hander was sidelined for most of the season with a calf injury after a hamstring strain kept him out of action for the bulk of 2011.  Across the last two seasons, Saito has pitched just 38 and 2/3 innings.

4 Responses to Diamondbacks Designate Takashi Saito For Assignment Leave a Reply

  1. johnsilver 3 years ago

    Never count out Saito.. The man with the “repaired by injection” arm.

    Tampa Bay, all the way.. Friedman probably has got him on speed dial. Perfect 7-8th inning guy for the Rays, who always was as nasty as they come, even at 40+YO.

    • Devern Hansack 3 years ago

      Hopefully the Red Sox will kick around the idea of bringing him back on a minor league deal. Even at 43 next season, he would be worth a gamble.

      • johnsilver 3 years ago

        ALL for it.. I just don’t see the space, not when they couldn’t find even a 15 day spot for Alex Wilson last year.

        Duquette and the Orioles come to mind as well, but yeah.. I’d love to see him back in Boston.

  2. Aidan Smith 3 years ago

    Saito has been very effective since coming over from Japan. Give him a minor league deal. Low risk, high reward

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