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Friday, December 12, 2008
Saito to test free agency after Dodgers non-tender closer

Associated Press

LOS ANGELES -- The Los Angeles Dodgers made Takashi Saito a free agent on Friday when they did not tender the closer a contract for next season.

Takashi Saito


Other players not offered contracts include Scott Proctor, Mario Alvarez, Yhency Brazoban and Angel Berroa.

Saito, who had 18 saves and a 2.49 ERA this year, was coming off an elbow injury that sidelined him for two months. Jonathan Broxton filled in as closer in his absence.

Dodgers general manager Ned Colletti said the club still may sign Saito, "but right now there's just a difference of opinion on his contract."

The right-hander would have been eligible for salary arbitration and a raise from $2 million if he was tendered a contract.