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Career Summary
Years IP W L SV SO ERA WARP
7 338 21 15 84 400 2.34 7.1
Birth Date2-14-1970
Height6' 2"
Weight200 lbs
BatsL
ThrowsR
WARP Summary

Standard

YEAR TEAM AGE G GS IP IP-SP IP-RP W L SV BS QS BQS PA H R ER HR TB BB UBB HBP SO ERA FIP FRA VORP WARP
2006 LAN 36 72 0 78.3 0.0 78.3 6 2 24 2 0 0 303 48 19 18 3 71 23 20 2 107 2.07 1.83 2.46 25.7 2.5
2007 LAN 37 63 0 64.3 0.0 64.3 2 1 39 4 0 0 234 33 10 10 5 52 13 13 3 78 1.40 2.51 3.17 14.6 1.4
2008 LAN 38 45 0 47.0 0.0 47.0 4 4 18 4 0 0 197 40 14 13 1 53 16 13 2 60 2.49 1.98 2.64 12.5 1.3
2009 BOS 39 56 0 55.7 0.0 55.7 3 3 2 2 0 0 240 50 16 15 6 75 25 23 5 52 2.43 4.29 4.51 8.6 0.9
2010 ATL 40 56 0 54.0 0.0 54.0 2 3 1 1 0 0 221 41 20 17 4 63 17 15 0 69 2.83 2.46 2.73 10.9 1.1
2011 MIL 41 30 0 26.7 0.0 26.7 4 2 0 2 0 0 108 21 6 6 2 32 9 7 1 23 2.03 3.37 3.70 3.0 0.3
2012 ARI 42 16 0 12.0 0.0 12.0 0 0 0 1 0 0 60 17 14 9 4 37 5 4 1 11 6.75 7.14 7.86 -3.0 -0.3
Career3380338.00.0338.02115841600136325099882538310895144002.342.803.3072.27.1

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YEAR Team Lg G GS IP FRA FRA+ TAv oppAVG oppOBP oppSLG oppTAv BABIP PPF PVORP PWARP VORP WARP
1994 YKO npb 28 27 181.0 0.00 0 .000 .000 .000 .000 .000 .000 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0
1995 YKO npb 26 26 162.0 0.00 0 .000 .000 .000 .000 .000 .000 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0
1996 YKO npb 28 27 196.3 0.00 0 .000 .000 .000 .000 .000 .000 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0
1998 YKO npb 34 18 143.7 0.00 0 .000 .000 .000 .000 .000 .000 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0
1999 YKO npb 26 26 184.7 0.00 0 .000 .000 .000 .000 .000 .000 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0
2000 YKO npb 19 19 115.7 0.00 0 .000 .000 .000 .000 .000 .000 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0
2001 YKO npb 50 0 64.7 0.00 0 .000 .000 .000 .000 .000 .000 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0
2002 YKO npb 39 1 47.7 0.00 0 .000 .000 .000 .000 .000 .000 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0
2003 YKO npb 17 0 103.3 0.00 0 .000 .000 .000 .000 .000 .000 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0
2004 YKO npb 16 0 44.3 0.00 0 .000 .000 .000 .000 .000 .000 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0
2005 YKO npb 21 16 106.0 0.00 0 .000 .000 .000 .000 .000 -.739 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0
2006 LAN MLB 72 0 78.3 2.46 147 .176 .270 .336 .432 .267 .268 96 25.7 2.5 25.7 2.5
2007 LAN MLB 63 0 64.3 3.17 133 .150 .266 .334 .428 .260 .207 99 14.6 1.4 14.6 1.4
2008 LAN MLB 45 0 47.0 2.64 139 .213 .263 .333 .412 .262 .331 93 12.6 1.3 12.5 1.3
2009 BOS MLB 56 0 55.7 4.51 116 .246 .268 .333 .424 .260 .289 111 8.6 0.9 8.6 0.9
2010 ATL MLB 56 0 54.0 2.73 133 .220 .258 .325 .408 .271 .282 93 11.2 1.2 10.9 1.1
2010 GWN AAA 1 1 1.0 0.59 188 .123 .269 .366 .397 .260 .500 103 0.8 0.1 0.8 0.1
2011 MIL MLB 30 0 26.7 3.70 116 .214 .261 .321 .401 .262 .260 106 3.0 0.3 3.0 0.3
2011 NAS AAA 6 0 5.7 1.77 166 .107 .288 .358 .455 .275 .250 91 2.3 0.2 2.3 0.2
2012 ARI MLB 16 0 12.0 7.86 29 .372 .268 .325 .428 .267 .333 107 -3.0 -0.3 -3.0 -0.3
2012 VIS A+ 1 1 1.0 7.52 49 .250 .241 .331 .401 .260 .333 100 0.2 0.0 0.2 0.0
2012 RNO AAA 4 0 2.7 7.78 71 .410 .311 .352 .482 .279 .500 115 -0.3 -0.0 -0.3 -0.0
2012 DIA Rk 4 4 4.0 3.09 139 .079 .291 .368 .452 .300 .222 95 2.1 0.2 2.1 0.2

Statistics For All Levels

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Year Team Lg W L SV G GS IP H BB SO HR GB% BABIP H/9 BB/9 HR/9 K/9 WHIP ERA VORP WARP
1994 YKO npb 9 12 0 28 27 181.0 175 69 169 5 0% .000 8.7 3.4 0.2 8.4 1.35 0.00 0.0 0.0
1995 YKO npb 8 9 0 26 26 162.0 166 45 132 13 0% .000 9.2 2.5 0.7 7.3 1.30 0.00 0.0 0.0
1996 YKO npb 10 10 0 28 27 196.3 157 63 206 31 0% .000 7.2 2.9 1.4 9.4 1.12 0.00 0.0 0.0
1998 YKO npb 13 5 1 34 18 143.7 131 22 101 9 0% .000 8.2 1.4 0.6 6.3 1.06 0.00 0.0 0.0
1999 YKO npb 14 3 0 26 26 184.7 178 31 125 32 0% .000 8.7 1.5 1.6 6.1 1.13 0.00 0.0 0.0
2000 YKO npb 6 10 0 19 19 115.7 123 36 97 17 0% .000 9.6 2.8 1.3 7.5 1.37 0.00 0.0 0.0
2001 YKO npb 7 1 27 50 0 64.7 51 14 60 6 0% .000 7.1 1.9 0.8 8.3 1.00 0.00 0.0 0.0
2002 YKO npb 1 2 20 39 1 47.7 37 15 46 5 0% .000 7.0 2.8 0.9 8.7 1.09 0.00 0.0 0.0
2003 YKO npb 6 7 0 17 0 103.3 103 22 72 16 0% .000 9.0 1.9 1.4 6.3 1.21 4.18 0.0 0.0
2004 YKO npb 2 5 0 16 0 44.3 64 13 37 12 0% .000 13.0 2.6 2.4 7.5 1.74 7.72 0.0 0.0
2005 YKO npb 3 4 0 21 16 106.0 111 29 93 12 0% -.739 9.4 2.5 1.0 7.9 1.32 3.82 0.0 0.0
2006 LAN MLB 6 2 24 72 0 78.3 48 23 107 3 37% .268 5.5 2.6 0.3 12.3 0.91 2.07 25.7 2.5
2007 LAN MLB 2 1 39 63 0 64.3 33 13 78 5 49% .207 4.6 1.8 0.7 10.9 0.72 1.40 14.6 1.4
2008 LAN MLB 4 4 18 45 0 47.0 40 16 60 1 45% .331 7.7 3.1 0.2 11.5 1.19 2.49 12.5 1.3
2009 BOS MLB 3 3 2 56 0 55.7 50 25 52 6 35% .289 8.1 4.0 1.0 8.4 1.35 2.43 8.6 0.9
2010 GWN AAA 0 0 0 1 1 1.0 1 0 1 0 0% .500 9.0 0.0 0.0 9.0 1.00 0.00 0.8 0.1
2010 ATL MLB 2 3 1 56 0 54.0 41 17 69 4 44% .282 6.8 2.8 0.7 11.5 1.07 2.83 10.9 1.1
2011 NAS AAA 0 0 0 6 0 5.7 3 0 7 0 50% .250 4.8 0.0 0.0 11.1 0.53 0.00 2.3 0.2
2011 MIL MLB 4 2 0 30 0 26.7 21 9 23 2 45% .260 7.1 3.0 0.7 7.8 1.12 2.02 3.0 0.3
2012 DIA Rk 0 0 0 4 4 4.0 2 0 4 0 56% .222 4.5 0.0 0.0 9.0 0.50 0.00 2.1 0.2
2012 VIS A+ 0 0 0 1 1 1.0 1 1 0 0 0% .333 9.0 9.0 0.0 0.0 2.00 0.00 0.2 0.0
2012 ARI MLB 0 0 0 16 0 12.0 17 5 11 4 44% .333 12.8 3.8 3.0 8.2 1.83 6.75 -3.0 -0.3
2012 RNO AAA 0 1 0 4 0 2.7 7 1 2 1 8% .500 23.6 3.4 3.4 6.8 3.00 10.12 -0.3 -0.0

Plate Discipline

YEAR PITCHES ZONE_RT SWING_RT CONTACT_RT Z_SWING_RT O_SWING_RT Z_CONTACT_RT O_CONTACT_RT SW_STRK_RT
2008 828 0.5048 0.4662 0.7280 0.6459 0.2829 0.8111 0.5345 0.2720
2009 1019 0.5378 0.4136 0.7957 0.5456 0.2590 0.8261 0.7213 0.2043
2010 902 0.5166 0.4650 0.7208 0.6373 0.2798 0.7710 0.5984 0.2792
2011 426 0.4695 0.4460 0.7789 0.6200 0.2920 0.8548 0.6364 0.2211
2012 234 0.4829 0.4915 0.8000 0.6903 0.3058 0.8718 0.6486 0.2000
Career34090.51190.44940.75760.61350.27760.81460.62780.2424

Injury History

Date On Date Off Transaction Days Games Side Body Part Injury Severity Surgery Date Reaggravation
2012-08-13 2012-09-01 15-DL 19 18 Left Thigh Strain Hamstring - -
2012-04-01 2012-07-21 15-DL 111 93 Right Lower Leg Strain Calf - -
2011-09-19 2011-09-24 DTD 5 4 Right Lower Leg Soreness Calf - -
2011-04-28 2011-04-28 On-Alr 0 0 Left Abdomen Strain Oblique - -
2011-04-05 2011-07-02 60-DL 88 79 Left Thigh Strain Hamstring -
2011-02-27 2011-03-05 Camp 6 0 Left Thigh Soreness Hamstring -
2010-09-18 2010-10-02 DTD 14 12 Right Shoulder Inflammation -
2010-07-24 2010-07-25 DTD 1 1 Shoulder Soreness -
2010-06-04 2010-06-22 15-DL 18 16 Left Thigh Strain Hamstring -
2009-05-29 2009-06-03 DTD 5 4 Foot Contusion Heel -
2008-07-13 2008-09-13 60-DL 62 53 Right Elbow Sprain Ulnar Collateral Ligament -
2008-05-07 2008-05-14 DTD 7 5 General Medical Respiratory Flu -
2008-03-24 2008-04-01 Camp 8 1 Hip Strain Buttock -
2008-03-06 2008-03-10 Camp 4 0 Lower Leg Strain Calf -
2007-07-19 2007-07-26 DTD 7 7 Right Shoulder Soreness -
2007-06-04 2007-06-08 DTD 4 4 Left Thigh Strain Hamstring -
2007-02-18 2007-03-07 Camp 17 0 Right Lower Leg Strain Calf -

Compensation

Year Team Salary
2012 ARI $1,750,000
2011 MIL $1,750,000
2010 ATL $3,200,000
2009 BOS $1,500,000
2008 LAN $2,000,000
2007 LAN $1,000,000
YearsDescriptionSalary
6 yrPrevious$11,200,000
6 yrTotal$11,200,000

 

Service TimeAgentContract Status
6 yCAA (Nez Balelo)1 year/$1.75M (2012)

Details
  • 1 year/$1.75M (2012). Signed by Arizona as a free agent 12/14/11. DFA by Arizona 10/20/12.
  • 1 year/$1.75M (2011). Signed by Milwaukee as a free agent 1/6/11. Roster bonuses: $0.1M each for 30, 60, 90, 120, 150 days on active roster. Performance bonuses: $50,000 each for 15, 20, 25, 30 games. $0.1M each for 35, 40, 45 games. $0.15M each for 50, 55 games. $0.2M for 60 games.
  • 1 year/$3.2M (2010). Signed by Atlanta as a free agent 12/3/09. Performance bonus: $0.5M (games) and $1.8M (games finished).
  • 1 year/$1.5M (2009), plus 2010 club option. Signed by Boston as a free agent 1/15/09. Performance, roster bonuses up to $7M based on games, health. Option at $6M based on 2009 earnings. Sent outright to Triple-A 10/17/09.
  • 1 year/$2M (2008). Re-signed by LA Dodgers 2/13/08. Non-tendered by LA Dodgers 12/12/08. $0.2M in performance bonuses.
  • 1 year/$1M (2007). Re-signed 12/06. Performance bonus: $25,000 each for 30, 35, 40, 45 games. $50,000 each for 50, 55 games. $0.1M for 60 games.
  • 1 year (2006). Signed by LA Dodgers as a free agent from Japan 2/06 (minor-league contract). Contract purchased by LA Dodgers 4/06.

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BP Chats

DateQuestionAnswer
2011-11-30 13:00:00 (link to chat)Keeping with a Japanese import theme, who are the 5 greatest Japanese MLBers of all time?
(Paul from DC)
Ichiro Suzuki is the clear #1. For #2, I'd go Hideo Nomo, with Hideki Matsui #3. The falloff after that is steep; I'll argue for Hiroki Kuroda as #4 and Takashi Saito #5 based upon peak performance and for not disappointing relative to expectations. (Jay Jaffe)
2010-10-14 13:00:00 (link to chat)I felt old when I compiled this list in April. Tweleve 2010 MLB players were older than me. How many will be back next year? 1 Jamie Moyer -- Phillies --18-Nov-62 2 Tim Wakefield -- Red Sox --2-Aug-66 3 Omar Vizquel -- White Sox --24-Apr-67 4 Trevor Hoffman -- Brewers -- 13-Oct-67 5 Matt Stairs -- Padres -- 27-Feb-68 6 Brad Ausmus -- Dodgers -- 14-Apr-69 7 Arthur Rhodes -- Reds -- 24-Oct-69 8 Ken Griffey Jr. -- Mariners -- 21-Nov-69 9 Mariano Rivera-- Yankees -- 29-Nov-69 10 Takashi Saito -- Braves -- 14-Feb-70 11 Jim Edmonds -- Brewers -- 27-Jun-70 12 Mark Grudzielanek -- Indians -- 30-Jun-70
(ted from the cubicle)
Most of them, I think. Next year is Wakefield's last season though. Matt Stairs wants to come back for one more year, at least. Arthur Rhodes is a reliever, so he'll pitch until he can't. (Marc Normandin)
2009-01-07 13:00:00 (link to chat)What is the coolest new medical technology you're seeing around the game for 2009?
(Jack from Boston)
Lots more teams using lasers. The injection used on Takashi Saito is being watched pretty closely. Drugs that make the tests obsolete will probably be a bigger deal, but be much less noticed. (Will Carroll)


BP Roundtables

DateRoundtable NameComment
2008-10-02 11:00:00Thursday Playoff GamesTo paraphrase Steven Goldman paraphrasing Abe Lincoln, if this is Takashi Saito, bring me tea, and if this is tea, then bring me coffee. (Jay Jaffe)
 

PITCHf/x Pitcher Profile

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Although he has not thrown an MLB pitch in 2014, Takashi Saito threw 4,255 pitches that were tracked by the PITCHf/x system between 2007 and 2012, including pitches thrown in the MLB Regular Season, the MLB Postseason and Spring Training. In 2012, he relied primarily on his Fourseam Fastball (92mph), also mixing in a Slider (82mph), Sinker (90mph) and Curve (77mph).