Seven-year MLB veteran Takashi Saito, most recently in Arizona, has signed a deal to go back to Japan. The club: the Tohoku Rakuten Golden Eagles, home to Andruw Jones and Casey McGehee.
Saito has been hurt much of the past two seasons, but was highly effective through 2011. He’ll be 43 in February and apparently the Golden Eagles think he still has something left in the tank.
Twins DH Nelson Cruz hit his 400th career home run, a solo home run in the fourth inning of Sunday’s game against the Royals. The blast padded the Twins’ lead to 8-6, and was also No. 40 on the season for Cruz.
Cruz, 39, is the 57th member of the 400-homer club. He was previously tied with Andres Galarraga and Al Kaline at 399. Cruz has hit 163 of his homers with the Mariners, 157 with the Rangers, and 40 each with the Orioles and Twins.
Cruz entered Sunday batting .300/.383/.624 with 104 RBI in 500 plate appearances. Pretty good production for the Twins from a slugger on a one-year, $14.3 million contract. The Twins hold a $12 million club option for 2020 as well.