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Red Sox add another pitcher! (1 Viewer)


from mlb.com

The Red Sox continue to stay busy this offseason. On Saturday, they officially announced they have signed reliever Takashi Saito to a one-year contract with a club option for 2010.

Saito is the fourth player Boston has signed this week, joining pitchers John Smoltz and Brad Penny and outfielder Rocco Baldelli. Like the trio, Saito is considered a low-risk, high-reward gamble. Saito missed most of last season with a sprained ligament in his right elbow.

According to FOXSports.com, Saito's deal includes a guarantee between $1.5 million and $2.5 million. He could also earn more than $7 million if he reaches all of his incentives.

Saito, 38, joins an already impressive relief corps that includes Manny Delcarmen, Hideki Okajima and closer Jonathan Papelbon. Saito spent the past three years with the Dodgers, saving 81 games with a 1.95 ERA

Youth movement?
This seems like their recent MO, doesn't it? Collect lots of pitching depth. Throw enough against the wall; some will stick?The recent burst seems a little excessive.
If they were giving these guys 3 and 5 year deals, I would be concerned, but I don't have a problem with these signings. They still have solid young players and prospects, so it's not like they are mortgaging their future for these veterans.
I got really pissed when I saw this news. Saito would have been the PERFECT stopgap closer for the Cardinals until Chris Perez or Jason Motte was ready to take the ball.

Bill DeWitt needs to shoot the lock off his wallet and get them an effing closer and a halfway decent starter or the Cards aren't doing #### next year. Derek Lowe would be great, but that's about as possible as Megan Fox showing up at my door with a gigantic bag of pot and a briefcase of sex toys.


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