Sendai native Saito to sign with Eagles

 
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SENDAI, Dec. 28 (13:49) Kyodo

 
Former major league reliever Takashi Saito will return to his
roots, having agreed to play for the Rakuten Eagles, Kyodo News
learned Friday.

The 42-year-old Saito is a Sendai native and played his college
ball at Tohoku Fukushi University. He left the Yokohama BayStars to
sign with the Los Angeles Dodgers in 2006, collecting 39 saves and
appearing in the All-Star Game the following year.

The deal could be announced as early as Saturday.

"We hope he does well with us to inspire the Tohoku region,"
Rakuten president Yozo Tachibana said. "We're counting on him to help
the younger players by passing on his experience from the majors."

Saito's season this year was marred by injury and was limited to
just 16 games. In his career in the majors, he went 21-15 with 84
saves and a 2.34 ERA.

The Eagles have also signed former Atlanta Braves star Andruw
Jones this winter. Jones was arrested Tuesday for allegedly
assaulting his wife under the influence.
 


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