Saturday, January 10, 2009
AL NEWS: BUSY BOSOX SIGN SAITO
Yesterday, they pried possible future Hall of Fame right-hander John Smoltz from the Atlanta Braves after 21 seasons, signed reserve outfielder Rocco Baldelli and retained first-baseman/outfielder Mark Kotsay. Today, the Boston Red Sox added to an already deep bullpen by signing free-agent righty Takashi Saito to a one-year deal, with a club option for 2010, according to Fox Sports.
Saito, who will turn 39 next month, was a National League All-Star in 2007, when he recorded 39 of his 81 career saves. He spent a great deal of time last season on the disabled list with a torn ligament in his right elbow. The BoSox had already inked free-agent starter Brad Penny, Saito's teammate the last three seasons.
The Boston bullpen, already formidable with All-Star closer Jonathon Papelbon, now has Saito, lefty Hideki Okajima, Manny Delcarmen and Justin Masterson helping set him up.
Posted by Gil Griffin at 2:32 PM