Sunday, December 10, 2006

Tigers sign Jose Mesa

ESPN is reporting that the Tigers heve reached an agreement with reliever Jose Mesa on a 1 year deal for $2.5 million. The 40 year old Mesa had a 3.86 ERA in 72 1/3 innings with the Rockies in 2006. He had a strikeout/walk ratio of 39/32, allowed 9 home runs and had a FIP of 5.30. Moving from Coors to Comerica might help and he could be a useful middle reliever but this was a surprise move. They had been searching for a veteran reliever since losing Jamie Walker but I had expected a lefty and somebody younger than Mesa.

As it stands now, the Tiger bullpen looks like this:

Todd Jones
Joel Zumaya
Fernando Rodney
Jose Mesa
Wil Ledezma
Jason Grilli
Zach Miner/Jordan Tata/Roman Colon/Edward Campusano


  1. I'm dumbfounded. He's a much older, more expensive version of Jason Grilli at this point. I know it's only one year, but it just doesn't make any sense. It doesn't address a need and he isn't an upgrade.

  2. It's defintely a strange move. I agree he's not much different from Grilli.

  3. Can I be the first to predict that Mesa doesn't stick in Detroit the whole season? Call it a hunch.


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