The Oakland Athletics traded minor league reliever Jesus Colome and cash $$$ to the Tampa Bay Devil Rays for strong armed moundmaster Jim Mecir and minor league pitcher Todd Belitz
While expectations of winning the American League West were on the minds of A's fans and management a deal was made right after All-Star break to add screwball pitcher Jim Mecir, a proven major league veteran from Tampa Bay.
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Jim Mecir broke into the majors late in 1995 with the Seattle Mariners (pitched in 2 games, 4 innings, 0 runs allowed). Jim Mecir, then 25-years old, was traded by Seattle to the NY Yankees in December of 1995 in a deal along with Tino Martinez and Jeff Nelson. Jim Mecir appeared in 25 and 26 games the next two seasons in NY. After signing with the Tampa Bay Devil Rays in 1998, the 6-ft 1-inch pound Jim Mecir mixed a nice fastball and changeup into his pitching arsenal and rose to the occasion and posted a 7-2 record, 3.11 ERA as a setup man in 68 relief games. In 1999 after appearing in 17 games, he had a season ending surgery. After appearing in 38 games in early 2000 and again compiling a 7-2 record, Jim Mecir was traded in this mentioned deal on July 28 2008.
The skinny of the trade was this:
Simply the A's were battling to win the AL West and manager Art Howe needed a setup man. Jim Mecir certainly fit the need. His work included a 3-1 record with 4 saves, with a very nice 2.80 ERA with 37 strike outs in 35.1 innings spanning 25 games. And the Oakland A's won the AL West with a 91-70 record.
Jim Mecir was the top guy in the above trade and worked out very well for Oakland, indeed. He pitched with the A's from mid-2000 thru 2004, then signed with the Florida Marlins.
Todd Belitz was a left-handed reliever and worked his way up the minor league ladder and started the 2000 season with Durham, then moved to Sacramento prior to being traded by Tampa Bay to Oakland in this trade. The 6-ft 3-inch 200 pound Todd Belitz appeared in five games, a 2.70 ERA in the later days of 2000. After pitching for Colorado in 8 games in 2001 he was sent back to the minors. He did have his days on the pitchers mound in MLB.
Jesus Colome joined the Devil Rays relief staff in 2001 and had a 2-3 record with a very solid 3.33 earned run average as a rookie. In 2002 Jesus Colome stats fell down and in 32 games for the poor fielding last place Tampa Bays he had a 2-7 record and fashioned the highest ERA in the entire AL, 8.27 in 32 games. His numbers have improved every seasons and he finished the 2005 season in the majors.
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