Takashi Saito heads back to Japan

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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.

Josh Reddick says he and his Astros teammates have received death threats

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Yesterday Susan Slusser of the San Francisco Chronicle spoke to Athletics pitcher Mike Fiers. In the course of the interview, Fiers revealed that he has received death threats for blowing the whistle on the Astros’ cheating. Rob Manfred said last week, before the interview came out, that Major League Baseball would do everything in its power to protect Fiers and his family both when the A’s play in Houston and when they play anyplace else.

Manfred’s pledge of protection is going to need to be expanded, because today the guys on whom Fiers blew the whistle are saying they’ve received death threats as well.

At least Josh Reddick is saying it:

It’s obviously disgraceful for anyone to have to endure this sort of crap. People need to get a grip.