As a former Mike Gonzalez owner, I don't see Gonzo getting the job before the trading deadline. Pitt will keep Mesa in that role, if anything, and trade him and then put Gonzo in that role. He'll garner less money as a setup man.
Agree with Transmo, Mesa will keep the job until the trade deadline at least. There is another thread saying that he has threatened to retire rather than leave Pitt, so who knows what will happen. But I bet he does get traded and Gonzalez gets the job.
If I had Mesa, I would trade him ASAP. The closer is gets to the deadline, the greaer there will be a collective assumption that he will get traded to a contender in a set-up capacity.
Mesa has been a ticking time bomb all year. The guy in my league who has him has been ribbing me for ripping on Mesa at the beginning of the season in a season preview thing I wrote for our league. Now, Mesa is turning back into the Jose Mesa we all know and love (if he's not on your team).
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Transmogrifier wrote:As a former Mike Gonzalez owner, I don't see Gonzo getting the job before the trading deadline. Pitt will keep Mesa in that role, if anything, and trade him and then put Gonzo in that role. He'll garner less money as a setup man.
As the current owner of your Mike Gonzalez I think the end of Mesa's reign is coming to an end more sooner than later.
Krunk City King$ wrote:there were rumblings on local sports radio here in atlanta about trying to trade for mesa.....
but he probably does not want to get traded so he blew a couple of saves to keep that from happening.....
I am in the same boat as you other conspiracy theorists...I know you can't say for sure, but I wouldn't doubt this is happening. How many times has Mesa started off hot, been talked about in trade rumors, mysteriously goes cold for 2-3 weeks, and then (once the trade talk dies down) goes back on a roll again. Hmmmm....
Of course yesterday, all things had to go right for Mesa to blow the save. If the ball that Ward tipped off his glove is handled cleanly, the game would have still been intact.
Still, Mesa's the one that threw it where he did so that the batter could hit it there...
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