The Cubs along with 8 other teams are interested in relief pitcher Takashi Saito. Saito played for the Red Sox last year and declined the 6 million option of him. Saito posted a 2.43 ERA in 55.2 IP for the Red Sox last year. He will turn 40 years old before the 2010 season.
There are 8 teams interested but the article only named 4 and they were the Cubs, Braves, Mets and the White Sox. The Red Sox were said to be interested in Saito returning to a lesser deal.
The Cubs have no money to spend and were going to used this offseason in trade mode instead of opening their wallet. Saito is probably looking for a 2 year deal but will only get 1 beause of his age but maybe a club option for the second year. The money range he could be looking in is 3-5 million for 1 year. The Cubs could sign him if they trade Bradley and don't eat his whole contract.
Saito will be a nice addition to the bullpen but I would like to sign him to a 1 year deal worth 2-3 million.
I will keep you posted.