Atlanta Braves Add Takashi Saito To Bullpen; Is Matt Holiday Next?

The Atlanta Braves added a second pitcher to the bullpen in two days with the signing of Takashi Saito, a 39-year-old Japanese right-hander.

The signing of Saito and Billy Wagner yesterday ensures that the Braves will say goodbye to Mike Gonzalez and Rafael Soriano, neither of whom were dominant enough for the Braves.

The question with Saito is can he be good enough to get the job down for the Braves? He signed a one year $3.2 million deal.

Saito is under rated if you view his stats. In 56 games he has a 2.43 ERA, but a career low in strikeouts with 52. He also walked 25 people in 55 innings, which is his career high. Last year, his ERA was a scary 1.95, with 81 saves in three seasons with the LA Dodgers.

Now the Braves need to lock in on a big bat, and there is no one who would be better than Matt Holiday.

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