Brewers sign Saito, release CapuanoWisconsin Sports
-- The Milwaukee Brewers added another reliever yesterday when they agreed to a one-year contract with free agent Takashi Saito from Atlanta.
MILWAUKEE - The Milwaukee Brewers added another reliever yesterday when they agreed to a one-year contract with free agent Takashi Saito from Atlanta.
It won’t be announced until after the holidays, when the Brewers complete the paperwork. But general manager Doug Melvin confirmed the deal yesterday. Saito is 40 years old, and he’s expected to be a set-up man for closer John Axford. He went 2-3 in 56 games for the Braves last season while setting the table for closer Billy Wagner. He had a 2.83 ERA, and opponents batted .203 against him. Saito pitched for 14 years in Japan. He’s a five-year Major League veteran and a former closer for the Los Angeles Dodgers. He’s 17-13 for his career with 84 saves and a 2.19 ERA.
The Brewers have cut ties with left-hander Chris Capuano. General manager Doug Melvin offered him a contract after the season. But he said they ended their negotiations after the Brewers signed starters Shaun Marcum and Zack Greinke. The GM said Capuano wants to be a starter, and both decided it was best that he look for another team. The 32-year-old Capuano came back from his second Tommy John elbow surgery. He went 4-4 this season with a 3.95 ERA. Capuano pitched in 24 games, and started nine.