Oliver Perez must go.
Posted on: May 31, 2010 9:04 pm
Edited on: May 31, 2010 9:12 pm
Omar Minaya has made a lot of mistakes in the 6 years he's run this club, but signing this dud to a 3 year-36 million dollar deal was his worst. That's saying a lot from a guy who hired Randolph and Manuel and signed Castillo to a 4 year-25 million dollar deal. However, Perez's signing dwarfs them all in the annals of pure stupidity.
Oliver Perez since that been incredibly bad. He's 3-7 with a 6.62 ERA. Currently he's in the bullpen where he's been largely ignored and the manager won't use him unless there is no other option. Manuel just said Perez may be used in extra innings. Unreal. A pitcher making 12 million limited to only pitching in extra innings. It's laughable.
Beyond the fact he's limited, he's also hampering the pen. They're in effect one man short(as Gary Cohen astutely pointed out yesterday). With the Mets fragmented(and overachieving) rotation, all the bullpen help possible is needed. They can't afford to carry an albatross like Perez.
There is also dissention among some players which has seeped out to the media. 2 players openly scoffed at Perez being used. They mocked Manuel's plan and Perez's abilities. It's obvious no one has faith in this guy and why should they? He's a joke.
Since he signed that ludicrous deal, he came in overweight, got whalloped, got hurt, returned, then got hurt again.He ended the year 3-4 with a 6.82 ERA. This off-seasion he supposedly rededicated himself to the sport. Well, he has been nothing short of horrid going 0-3 with a 6.25 ERA and 32 walks with only 29 K's. He stunk as a starter and is even worse as a reliever with a 10+ ERA.
In the year plus since his re-signing here are some numbers: 3-7w/6.62ERA-102 IP-75ER-91K's-90BB's. It's hard to imagine anyone can do worse. Look at those numbers!
So the Mets asked him to go to Triple A to straighten himself out and he refused. He was adamant that he'd stay on the MLB as was his right. This shows how selfish and disloyal he is. There is no way the Mets should keep him on this roster and should immediately waive him and eat his contract. Keeping him one game longer shows how incredibly indecisive they are and how unprepared they were for this year. I mean honestly, the few who thought this guy would turn-it-around had to be in his or Omar's immediate family.
Oliver Perez should not be a Met when they return to Citifield on Friday to play the Marlins. The Mets need to admit their mistake, own up to it and act accordingly. Then next up they need to deal with John Maine who though not as bad as Perez(how could be be?) is also on the outs and should be moved as well.
The temerity of this front office to believe Perez and Maine would win 30 games is all you have to know about their baseball acumen. Then to compound that by saying there weren't better pitchers available is insulting to Mets fans or anyone who knows the sport.
Oliver Perez must go. NOW!