Saito unsure about his future

Reliever Takashi Saito, 40, feared several times this season that shoulder problems would end his career. Now that the season is over, and his shoulder is improving, he’s not sure. He’ll be a free agent.

“I don’t have a certain answer yet,” Saito said with a member of the Japanese media interpreting. “But I don’t have a definite feeling of ‘I’m quitting.’ I’m still thinking….I still believe I can pitch.”

Saito, who turns 41 in February, has played five seasons in the majors with the Braves, Red Sox and Dodgers. He appeared in 56 games this season for the Braves, putting up a 2.83 ERA with 69 strikeouts in 54 innings. He served as one of their primary set-up men until shoulder tendinitis cut his season short in September.

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BartBuzz

October 12th, 2010
5:02 pm

wjones

October 12th, 2010
5:03 pm

If spotted properly, he would provide quality. IMHO.

dap01

October 12th, 2010
5:10 pm

For the right price, he could help the bullpen again.

Darryl Blackberry

October 12th, 2010
5:25 pm

Signing this guy was a definite check mark in the “plus” column for Frank Wren.

patrocket

October 12th, 2010
5:36 pm

What’s up with the fish and BBQ combination in NC? Weird pairing.

T-Bone

October 12th, 2010
5:37 pm

I like him. He would give the youngsters some stability.

Tana

October 12th, 2010
5:42 pm

I think if he is willing to pitch for less money then there is definitely a place for a good strong vet in our young bullpen next year. The language barrier prevents direct interaction in developing them, but his stuff is good enough to do the job.

lanier

October 12th, 2010
6:23 pm

If he cant communicate with McDowell and the other pictures get rid of him

Bob McHyman

October 12th, 2010
6:24 pm

This might help Saito with his English: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-5l9gm4ymLw

Brava

October 12th, 2010
6:34 pm

lanier,

If he cant communicate with McDowell and the other pictures get rid of him

I’ll bet you a million dollars you can’t communicate with pictures either.

Hope Takashi is back with the Braves in 2011. He was definitely one to be counted on during the eighth inning. As a fan, there aren’t a lot of pitchers that I absolutely trust when they step up on the mound. He was one.

[...] today he’s uncertain about his future, but still believes he can pitch, according to Carroll Rogers of the Atlanta Journal-Constitution.  Free agent stock watch [...]

Mike

October 12th, 2010
6:37 pm

Too old, go with the good young arms we have in the bull-pen

Bobby's Booger

October 12th, 2010
6:38 pm

Sayanara Takashi, & take Kamikazi with you !

Randal Patrick McMurphy

October 12th, 2010
6:43 pm

The guy can pitch… and if he wants to stay, the Braves would be loony to let him get away…

Sam

October 12th, 2010
6:49 pm

No more injury prone players! Enough is enough after this season.

Old Blue

October 12th, 2010
7:05 pm

Time to let some old salaries go for quality outfield producers. The Braves couldn’t hit the showers this year. We have good pitching. We don’t need Lee, Glaus, McLouth, Ankiel, Farnsworth, Kamawhatever Milkdud and a few others taking up space and money.

Daniel

October 12th, 2010
7:30 pm

Keep Saito!!!!!!! Maybe give him a one-year contract for a million or something.

Dump McLouth and Melky!! And unload KK and his $8M salary!!!!!!! What a waste of money…..$8 mil a season for a guy who went 1-11 with a 4.25+ ERA.

Nevada Roy

October 13th, 2010
1:19 am

Question for Liberty Media

A well led front office management and a well led field management with an $85M team player payroll is good for second place in the NL Eastern Division. A well led front office management and a well led field management with a $125M team player payroll is good for first place in the NL Eastern Division with a good shot at repeating as world champions.

Is Liberty Media a second place corporation or a first place corporation?

Arthur Blank

October 13th, 2010
6:55 am

you know, I would buy the braves, but you fans stink at filling up the park. How would that be profitable for me? nope I’m good with my falcons. Good luck finding another owner

Reid in EAV

October 13th, 2010
9:03 am

Fredi. I love it. It would have been rough to all of a sudden read a manager running down his players in the press. Glad I won’t have to deal with that.

Mike

October 13th, 2010
9:45 am

Saito needs to stay on and help recruit Ichiro…

gcs

October 13th, 2010
10:24 am

I was a little leery when I heard the Braves signed a 40-year old set up man. But in the end, he turned out pretty decent.

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hAL

October 13th, 2010
10:24 am

icero in right im all for that he actually knowqs about cut off men etc and im sure would contribute more then two hits in a 5 game series lol

bn

October 13th, 2010
11:22 am

Youth over age…youth always wins…

IHEARTCARROLL

October 13th, 2010
12:05 pm

All I care about is will Carroll Rogers be back next year.

gcs

October 13th, 2010
12:38 pm

DOB, I’d be interested to hear who you think will be on the 2011 team.

We know Wags is retiring. I am guessing (hoping) FAs Glaus, D-Lee, Ankiel & Farnsworth are gone.
I assume the Braves will pick up Gonzo and Infante’s options.
We are stuck with the fat contracts of Chipper, Lowe, McLouth and KK unless they can swing a trade.
I pray they re-up Hinske.
Most of the other key components are locked in.

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Alan 10

October 13th, 2010
4:43 pm

I hope the Braves will invite to spring training and make an evaluation then now that his shoulder is coming along, he gave us some good innings this past year.

Melky Way

October 13th, 2010
5:15 pm

I Hope that Fredi has in mind a new stregnth coach.

PDOG

October 14th, 2010
5:09 pm

If his shoulder is ok it would be worth keeping him on for a million, any more then that just is not worth it.

Sealift

October 14th, 2010
7:48 pm

Given his age, his inconsistent success, and his shoulder, as well as depth of
Braves farm system I would not risk the $$$. A veteran would help steady the
bullpen but I don’t see this with Saito.

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