Oliver Perez Trade Ideas

After a look at our Bad Contract Swap Meet post, let's put on our speculating cap and try to find a trade that would work for the Mets and Oliver Perez.

Perez is owed $20.2MM through 2011.  He refused the Mets' minor league assignment and isn't helping the big league team.  Not only is he a project, he's one that must be tinkered with in the Majors.

Gary Matthews Jr.'s contract qualifies as equally bad, but he's already on the Mets.  A couple of Perez trade ideas:

  • Perez and $8.8MM to the Brewers for Jeff Suppan.  Suppan has $10.6MM left on his contract.  The Mets save $800K here, about $500K beyond what they'd get back if they released Perez and he signed elsewhere.  From the Brewers' point of view Perez at least has more upside than Suppan.  The lefty would be reunited with pitching coach Rick Peterson, who was Perez's guide during the pitcher's initial Mets resurgence.  The Brewers might require assurance that Perez would accept a minor league assignment in 2011 if necessary.
  • Perez and $10.5MM to the Royals for Jose Guillen and Kyle Farnsworth.  Guillen is owed $8.2MM, Farnsworth $3.6MM.  This scenario has the Mets taking on $2.1MM to acquire Guillen and Farnsworth, about $550K of which covers what the Royals might get after releasing the two players. 


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91 Comments on "Oliver Perez Trade Ideas"


Guest
5 years 1 month ago

Ollie Perez for Dontrelle Willis.

Guest
5 years 1 month ago

Willis-Perez doesn’t make sense because of the extra year, even if the Mets paid the contract. Tigers are clearing spots for younger players (lots of contracts off the books after this year) or adding guys who can help. Perez doesn’t qualify as either.

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gigantes2425
5 years 1 month ago

i think the only thing that can fix this is if the mets had the mafia take care of it.

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5 years 1 month ago

Oliver Perez had a brief window of dominance when he showed flashes of his capability. Mets pitching coach Rick Peterson had an important role in his success. Peterson kept close watch on Ollie’s mechanics and was able to suggest correction whenever the wheels started to come off (I believe Peterson was able to identify Ollie’s correct release point and then coached the catcher to remind him so he didn’t have to make mound visits). Ollie has not been the same pitcher under the run-of-the-mill Dan Warthen. Warthen doesn’t even have a kernel of a clue as to how Ollie could be a successful MLB pitcher.When Ollie’s shoulder was flying out, the velocity on his fastball tanked and he was unable to throw his wicked slider for strikes. Ollie, for the duration of his pitching under Warthen’s (ahem) watchful eye, has exhibited the characteristics of an improper release point.

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Yankees420
5 years 1 month ago

If the Mets paid his 2nd year then the Tigers could simply release him.

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gigantes2425
5 years 1 month ago

perez for zito straight up. haha.

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Sampsonite168
5 years 1 month ago

Problem is Guillen & Suppan are both on their walk years whereas Ollie has another year on his deal after this. Gil Meche, Carlos Silva and Milton Bradley are really the only bad players with contracts similar to Ollie’s (2 years, $20-25M remaining on their deal). And GMJ, but oh wait, the Mets somehow traded for him without sending any bad contracts the other way.

Otherwise you could try and get creative and see if you get two guys who suck and add up to $12M per year for this season and next. Like Juan Pierre and Scott Linebrink from the White Sox, although the little value Linebrink has is probably still worth more than Ollie. Would probably still have to send a prospect or two in any deal to make it worthwhile.

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5 years 1 month ago

If the money is equal, I don’t see why the additional year is a problem. Let’s say the Mets send $8.8MM plus Perez to Milwaukee, per Tim’s idea. Effectively, the Brewers would get Oliver Perez for $800k in 2011 — which is great if he’s even close to decent, and negligible if he sucks (you’d be able to release him w/o pause at that amount).

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Sampsonite168
5 years 1 month ago

But why would anybody want Oliver Perez on their team for another year? He basically turns your team into a 24 man roster at this point. If your a manager it’s like your playing a board game and you land on a space and pick up a card and it says “Oliver Perez: Lose 1 Roster Spot”

And it’s pretty obvious at this point between Ollie and Castillo that the Wilpons would rather kill themselves than eat money on a contract. They wont even cut GMJ because they owe him a whopping $1M next year.

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5 years 1 month ago

Then you release him and soak up the $800k hit. BFD.

Guest
5 years 1 month ago

ollie and some money for javy?

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aap212
5 years 1 month ago

Why would the Yankees do that?

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AisoRed
5 years 1 month ago

There is no way we are going to pay for another year of a bad pitcher. Suppan is out after this year and that will be that.

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Sage
5 years 1 month ago

Don’t forget, the Mets would be sending us the money to pay for his contract next year. We’d only be paying him $800K next year. We can just cut him if he’s bad, and we wouldn’t have to eat much salary. I don’t see why we shouldn’t at least consider this. Who knows, maybe he’d be good again with Rick Peterson.

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AisoRed
5 years 1 month ago

So we’d be paying nearly 1 million for a pitcher who is as bad as Suppan and basically is taking up a roster spot. No thanks.

Guest
5 years 1 month ago

It is not a risky gamble for the Brewers. Having watched Peterson resurrect Ollie’s career, I believe (barring injury) he’ll be able to get Ollie back as a good middle of the rotation guy.