Takashi Saito to Red Sox

He signed a one-year, major-league contract, which foxsports.com’s Ken Rosenthal reports will carry a base salary of somewhere between $1.5 million and $2.5 million and could end up paying him more than $7 million if he maxes out on his incentives. Dodgers were open to re-signing him after they non-tendered him last month to avoid going to arbitration, but given that there were serious questions about the health of his right elbow, they weren’t about to give him anything close to this much money.

http://msn.foxsports.com/mlb/story/9058832/Red-Sox-sign-free-agent-reliever-Saito-

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  • NY Blue

    Tony good to have you back, we were all on a death watch! I gotta say, it is hard to see him go, but no one can fault the Dodgers for being snake bit. I wish him luck in Boston.

  • Marcel

    A little over 3 days to go until Andruw Jones is released!

    I’m surprised Tony didn’t mention this great news when he came back online.

  • snuffy02

    Lapdog Tony will mention it when the Dodgers tell him when & how to mention it.

  • El Lay Dave

    As I understand it, most of Saito’s incentives are for games pitched (not finished), so if he’s healthy and a decent set-up man (Papelbon’s still closing), Boston will be paying Saito a salary the McCourts will not pay for middle relief.

  • Alex18

    Just what about Jonathan Broxton last year convinced you he is good enough to consign Saito to middle relief? This is a terrible loss. Broxton may throw 100, but he sure ain’t Gagne. Or even Saito. Mota better be juicing up again or it’ll be a long year.