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Turning The Tables

Turning The Tables

Could there possibly be an alternative motive behind general manager Mark Shapiro's apparent decision not to resign nine-time Gold Glove winner Omar Vizquel?<br><br> Money has been the major explanation given for not picking up Vizquel's 2005 club option and as the reason the team likely won't make him an offer before the Dec. 7 deadline.<br>

But maybe, just maybe, the real reason could go a bit deeper than Larry Dolan's pockets. Maybe Shapiro knows that one of the pitchers he probably will be courting will be a guy who won't come to Cleveland if Vizquel is on the roster. That pitcher is Jose Mesa, who has once again become one of baseball's top closers. Mesa is on a short list of quality free-agent closers likely to be available...

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