Saturday, June 09, 2007

Seriously Jose Mesa?

We can all agree that the Phillies need another reliable arm in the bullpen. But seriously all Pat Gillick could get was Jose Mesa? If this report is true then I am 100% dead set against it. In the twilight of his career Mesa’s WHIP, ERA, B/9 have trended up, and his K/9 have trended down. On top of each one of his indicator statistics moving in the wrong direction Mesa despite being the Phillies all time saves leader had trouble handling the pressure.

Pat Gillick should have been able to sign Troy Percival. I think Percival has a reasonable chance at a comeback. Percival is reportedly signing a minor league deal with the St. Louis Cardinals. The Phillies should have offered a juicy enough contract to get Percival onto the Phillies. I would rather the Phillies have taken a chance on a minor leaguer than sign an unreliable pitcher like our old friend Jose.

Report: Phillies Sign Mesa
By Ken Mandel /

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