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Takashi Saito Signed by Brewers as Milwaukee Adds a Piece to Its Pen

SAN FRANCISCO - APRIL 09:  Takashi Saito #40 of the Atlanta Braves pitches against the San Francisco Giants on Opening Day at AT&T Park on April 9, 2010 in San Francisco, California.  (Photo by Jed Jacobsohn/Getty Images)
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Jason KimCorrespondent IDecember 27, 2010

Veteran reliever Takashi Saito has agreed to a one-year deal with the Milwaukee Brewers, according to the team's spokesperson.

Saito will be 41 years old when next season arrives, which leaves fans wondering why any team would want to sign him.

It's because of the fact that he has been very effective and a reliable pitcher out of the bullpen. For example, last year with the Atlanta Braves, he posted an ERA of 2.83 in 54 innings.

Saito was later released after the season due to the fact the Braves needed to clear some money and already had a strong bullpen. It wasn't because of performance.

Although he isn't the go-to guy he was with the Los Angeles Dodgers anymore, he can still get guys out. He is one of the players in the league today that just show they can be effective and show no signs of aging.

The Japanese pitcher will most likely be the setup guy for the Brewers' closer, John Axford.

With the additions of solid shortstop Yuniesky Betancourt and ace Zack Greinke already this season, and now the addition of a good reliever for the bullpen in Saito, it looks as if the Brewers are looking at a playoff run.

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