JoseMesaRemember back in late 2006 when the Tigers signed 41-year-old Jose Mesa to a one-year contract and most of us said, “Is it 1996?”

Fortunately or unfortunately, the Mesa Experiment was short lived. By June 3, 2007, he was released after posting some staggering numbers:

W L ERA SV IP H R ER HR BB SO WHIP
1 1 12.34 0 11.2 19 16 16 3 6 9 2.143
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Generated 5/16/2011.
JoaquinBenoit

This all came to mind this evening as free-agent prize Joaquin Benoit got ripped by the Blue Jays for three runs in the eighth and notch yet another dreadful appearance in his short time in Detroit.

After Monday night Benoit’s stats might not be as gruesome as Mesa’s, but given Benoit’s age and the amount of dough the Tigers are investing, the numbers are almost worse:

W L ERA SV IP H R ER HR BB SO WHIP
1 2 6.59 0 13.2 17 12 10 1 4 11 1.537
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Generated 5/16/2011.

 

Of course, two months into his three-year, $16.5 million contract Benoit is going nowhere.

But if he doesn’t turn it around soon and provide Jim Leyland with a reliable eighth inning option not named Ryan Perry, neither are the Tigers.