• Kyodo


SoftBank Hawks right-hander Kazumi Saito signed Saturday with the Pacific League club for three years.

His contract is worth an estimated 750 million yen plus performance-based incentives.

Saito’s annual salary expands to 250 million yen from his current 150 million yen, making him the highest-paid pitcher in club history.

He was 16-1 with a 2.92 ERA in 22 games this year after matching a Japanese record with a 15-0 start to a season.

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