Danny Knobler is reporting that Takashi Saito has signed with the Atlanta Braves.
It seems that the Braves liked the look of the Red Sox' late-season bullpen, signing first setup man Billy Wagner and now backup closer Takashi Saito.
The deal is reported to be worth $3 million, half of the cost of the option the Red Sox declined earlier in the offseason.
While Saito posted an impressive ERA of 2.43 with the Red Sox, more advanced stats suggest it was the product of good luck in a small sample size. While his strikeouts remained high--52 in 55.2 innings--he had a high FIP of 4.25 (the result of a higher walk and home run rate), and an even higher tRA of 4.40.