Supposedly, the Los Angeles Dodgers are threatening to non-tender Takashi Saito, who has been one of the best relievers in the N.L. the past three years, but who missed the last couple of months of 2008 with an elbow problem.
Saito, according to the article, is looking at up to $3.5 million in arbitration, and the Dodgers don't want to offer that. And Saito turns 39 in February, so it isn't like he's got a ton of years left.
Still...given that the team is kicking the tires on a variety of reliever options who would require a one year commitment, and given that Saito is the type of high-K power arm the Rangers seem to be seeking, wouldn't he make sense?
If the Dodgers are going to non-tender him anyway, why not offer them someone like Evan Reed or Ben Harrison, and take your chances with him in arbitration?
Is $3.5 million for Saito really that ridiculous?