Veteran reliever Jose Mesa has reached preliminary agreement on a one-year contract with the Detroit Tigers that will pay him about $2.5 million, two baseball sources said Sunday.
The deal will be completed when Mesa passes a physical exam this week, the sources said.
Mesa, a 40-year-old right-hander, ranks 13th on baseball's career list with 320 saves. He went 1-5 with a 3.86 ERA last year for the Colorado Rockies in his 18th major-league season.
The Tigers, who have Todd Jones as their closer and the hard-throwing Joel Zumaya and Fernando Rodney in setup roles, were looking to add a veteran arm to their bullpen. They're also interested in acquiring a left-handed reliever after losing Jamie Walker to Baltimore through free agency.
I really don't know what to make of this signing. Mesa hasn't been very good for a few years and the Tigers seemed to be set in the pen besides a lefty. Does this mean they are planning on going with the lefties they have or is there a trade on the horizon?? I've read rumors of Todd Jones being traded but I didn't put much in to them. I hate the thought of having Jones and Mesa in the pen together.
The more I think about this signing the less sense it makes