RHP Jose Mesa is the only Pirate eligible for free agency. RHP Brian Boehringer can also become a…
Turning The Tables
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 this off-season. Vizquel and Mesa, teammates from 1994-98, have been involved in a well-documented feud which stems from Mesa's failure in Game Seven of the 1997 World Series. Vizquel, in his book Omar! My Life On and Off the Field, wrote the following: "The eyes of the world were focused on every move we made. Unfortunately, Jose's own eyes were vacant. Completely empty. Nobody home. You could almost see right through him. Not long after I looked into his vacant eyes, he blew the save and the Marlins tied the game." Mesa, in March of 2003, said, "I wanna kill him." He had plunked Vizquel in...
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