• Kyodo


Free agent reliever Takashi Saito said Tuesday that he has agreed to a one-year contract with the Milwaukee Brewers.

“I received offers from multiple teams, and I chose the Brewers because they worked really hard to lure me in,” Saito said through his management office following U.S. media reports on the two sides’ agreement.

“I’ve wanted to play for a team that really needs me.”

According to FoxSports.com, Saito is expected to earn close to his $3.2 million salary from last season.

The 40-year-old right-hander had hoped to find his new team in the major leagues after the Atlanta Braves unconditionally released him in October.

Saito had a 2-3 record with a save and a 2.83 ERA in 56 appearances for the Braves in his fifth season in the majors.

The Brewers, who finished third in the NL Central last season with a 77-85 record, earlier bolstered their rotation by acquiring Shaun Marcum from the Toronto Blue Jays and Zack Greinke from the Kansas City Royals.

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