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Postby Cooner » Wed May 18, 2005 12:23 pm

So in a piece about Jose Mesa, Fanball proclaimed that the Pirates were "showcasing Mesa for a mid-season trade." I follow my Buccos pretty closely, and haven't seen anything REAL about this other than media speculation. Has anyone else? It doesn't make a lot of sense to me with the low contract, unless they got a really good deal from someone. Also I know Mesa likes it in Pittsburgh- he's sorta revived his career with us, so I get the impression he wants to stay.

I'm assuming this is just Fanball blowing smoke like usual, implying it's definite when that's not at all the case, but just wanted to check if anyone had heard anything...
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Postby Amazinz » Wed May 18, 2005 12:46 pm

I'm not sure if there's any truth to it but if they're out of it near the deadline it doesn't seem too far-fetched with Mesa being signed to a one-year deal.
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Postby Box » Wed May 18, 2005 12:46 pm

Well he's only signed to a one year deal, with a $4M option for 2006 and I seriously doubt the Pirates are gonna pay that much for a 40 year old reliever. Especially with Gonzalez waiting in the wings.

Odds are he's shipped off before the break.
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Postby bronxxbomber » Wed May 18, 2005 12:51 pm

it makes sense because a contending team could use an experienced rp and he has option which isn't rediculously expensive.
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Postby Mercer Boy » Wed May 18, 2005 12:51 pm

Well, if you want to believe the guys from the ESPN message boards (:-o), they say that they have heard Mesa state before that if he's traded he will retire. He doesn't want to leave Pittsburgh for whatever reason...maybe he's afraid that he will choke it again if he goes to a contender, and he knows that Pittsburgh has little to no chance of being one...so that would bring him less stress.

I can't claim to know anymore than they or Fanball does...so take it all with a grain of your favorite seasoning. :-D
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Re: fanball says Joe Table will be changing towns

Postby RugbyD » Wed May 18, 2005 12:52 pm

Cooner wrote:Fanball proclaimed that the Pirates were "showcasing Mesa for a mid-season trade


it is utterly impossible for a team to showcase a closer. he plays just the same whether they're going to trade him or not. what the hell are they thinking with that statement?

that said, it would be dumb not to trade him. the pirates don't need a closer any more than the Royals do.
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Postby Amazinz » Wed May 18, 2005 12:53 pm

Even a blind squirrel finds a nut somedays so they may be right but normally it's best to ignore any of the drivel that comes out of those ESPN boards. :-D
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Postby TonyCee » Wed May 18, 2005 1:13 pm

Mercer Boy wrote:Well, if you want to believe the guys from the ESPN message boards (:-o), they say that they have heard Mesa state before that if he's traded he will retire. He doesn't want to leave Pittsburgh for whatever reason...maybe he's afraid that he will choke it again if he goes to a contender, and he knows that Pittsburgh has little to no chance of being one...so that would bring him less stress.

I can't claim to know anymore than they or Fanball does...so take it all with a grain of your favorite seasoning. :-D


They are right, it's because the Pirates were the only team to offer him a contract last year and a second chance, this came up last year and he said he would rather retire than go to any of the teams that passed him up last year. He said those teams had there chance and they passed on him.
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Postby .38 Special » Wed May 18, 2005 1:47 pm

TonyCee wrote:
Mercer Boy wrote:Well, if you want to believe the guys from the ESPN message boards (:-o), they say that they have heard Mesa state before that if he's traded he will retire. He doesn't want to leave Pittsburgh for whatever reason...maybe he's afraid that he will choke it again if he goes to a contender, and he knows that Pittsburgh has little to no chance of being one...so that would bring him less stress.

I can't claim to know anymore than they or Fanball does...so take it all with a grain of your favorite seasoning. :-D


They are right, it's because the Pirates were the only team to offer him a contract last year and a second chance, this came up last year and he said he would rather retire than go to any of the teams that passed him up last year. He said those teams had there chance and they passed on him.


I believe his qoute was he if he was traded to either the Giants or Cubs (I can't remember which) he would retire, because they turned their nose to him a few years back and he still holds a grudge. I heard him doing an interview on MLB.COM Radio....and he didn't seem against a trade...just against playing for whichever team turned their nose to him. I am fairly certain it was the Giants, because Omar Vizquel is also on that team and he has a grudge with him also.
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