According to a report from the NPB Tracker, courtesy of the Chicago Tribune, the Cubs are one of eight teams “pursuing former Dodgers closer Takashi Saito.” The right-handed reliever will turn 40 on February 14 and had a solid year for the Red Sox in 2009. Takashi Saito was 3-3 in 56 games with two saves and two blown saves last season. Takashi Saito gave up 50 hits and 25 walks (with 52 strikeouts) in 55 2/3 innings for a 1.35 WHIP and a .295 BABIP in his first year in Boston. The Red Sox declined his option for 2010 worth $6 million … Saito earned $1.5 million in 2009.
The Red Sox are interested in re-signing him at a lower price … and the White Sox, Braves and Mets are also interested in the veteran reliever.
According to the Tribune, Saito would give the Cubs another option at closer behind Carlos Marmol.
Stay Tuned …