Report: Saito drawing interest

Brad Penny and Manny Delcarmen have been the pitchers most often named in trade rumors as the Red Sox try to figure out how to best utilize their overstocked staff. But according to one report today, Takashi Saito could be the Sox hurler who is eventually dealt.

According to FoxSports.com’s Ken Rosenthal, the Red Sox spoke the the Texas Rangers about dealing Saito, the 39-year-old relief pitcher with a lifetime 2.00 ERA, in exchange for first baseman/designated hitter Hank Blalock.

While that deal was put on hold after the Rangers slugger Josh Hamilton suffered a hernia — Blalock’s presence in the lineup became essential after Hamilton was sidelined for what is expected to be six weeks — Rosenthal noted that Saito has been in demand by a number of teams.

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Saito, who spent three seasons as a highly successful closer for the Dodgers before suffering an elbow injury last season, has a 2.42 ERA and two saves in 23 appearances in his first season with the Red Sox.

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