Braves Cut Takashi Saito, Melky Cabrera
Both newcomers to Atlanta for 2010, the two ended up on opposite ends of the performance spectrum. The 40-year-old Saito became a bullpen stalwart for Bobby Cox, posting a 2.83 ERA and striking out 69 in just 54 innings.
Cabrera, meanwhile, didn't do much of anything, hitting .255 with four homers and 42 RBI while posting a .671 OPS in 147 games.
While dumping Cabrera was a no-brainer, the Braves had to release Saito under the terms of the contract he agreed to last winter. Saito missed the end of the season and the playoffs with a shoulder problem but is not planning to retire, according to the Atlanta Journal-Constitution.