Oliver Perez Refused Minor League Assignment

TUESDAY, 10:59am: Perez will not be released, tweets SI's Jon Heyman after talking to a Mets official.  Mike Puma of the New York Post says the Mets asked Perez at least twice to accept a minor league assignment.  Puma's colleague Joel Sherman says fans should blame the Mets for the bad contract, rather than Perez for refusing to go to the minors.

MONDAY, 8:04am: Pitcher Oliver Perez refused a minor league assignment from the Mets, reports Mike Puma of the New York Post.  As is typical, Perez's contract gives him that power.  Perez is firm in his desire to remain in the bigs, which has been clear since David Lennon's tweet two weeks ago.

Perez is a waste of a roster spot for the Mets, as manager Jerry Manuel struggled to tell Puma which game scenario would prompt use of the lefty.  Perez is not wanted by his teammates – Puma talked to a pair of Mets who recommend releasing him if he won't go to Triple A.

Even now, after 90 walks in 102 innings since Perez's contract began, Puma says the Mets have not internally discussed cutting the pitcher.  Perez is owed $20.2MM through the 2011 season.  Perhaps he will hang around as long as Omar Minaya does.

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