Roster Moves Hinge On Oliver Perez’s Decision

SATURDAY, 4:10pm: Major League Baseball will independently review Oliver Perez's medical records, including the MRI he took on Friday, a league official told Andy Martino of the New York Daily News.  The official told Martino that the league often does this when an injury needs clarification.

11:09am: Perez was placed on the 15-day disabled list with knee tendinitis today according to SNY's Kevin Burkhardt (via Twitter). No further move will be needed to make room for Niese. 

FRIDAY, 9:48pm: If Oliver Perez does not accept a minor league assignment, the Mets may designate a reliever for assignment, according to's Anthony DiComo.  The organization is hoping that Perez will agree to the demotion by tomorrow when they plan to activate Jon Niese off of the disabled list.

In order to make room on the roster, Elmer Dessens could be DFA'd.  The Mets re-signed Dessens to a minor league deal in December and have given him just 4.1 innings of work heading into tonight's game.  However, the veteran hurler made his case for staying on with the club tonight by pitching 1.1 scoreless innings to set the table for a Francisco Rodriguez save.

Another possibility for the Mets would be to option Jenrry Mejia to Triple-A, though they may want to keep him on the big league roster.  

Perez refused a minor league assignment from the Mets on Monday.  The club reportedly asked the lefty at least twice to go to the minors.

31 Responses to Roster Moves Hinge On Oliver Perez’s Decision Leave a Reply

  1. Considering what he did tonight, and given how much our other righthanded relievers suck, Jerry won’t want to give up on Dessens

    I just pray Mejia gets sent down……he should not be up here.

  2. Yeah I agree, Mejia should be sent down and get streched out to join the rotation next year. Send Ollie packing also, I can’t believe how selfish this guy is in that he can’t see how he’s actually hurting the the team when he starts. He needs to give Brett Myers a call.

  3. drumzalicious 5 years ago

    Wow how can you be arrogant like this and suck?

    They should send Mejia down. He actually should have been in the minors

  4. alphakira 5 years ago

    You’re all wrong – they should release Perez.

  5. diehardmets 5 years ago

    You’re all right. Perez should be DFAed, Mejia should go back to the minors, and some other reliever should be called up.

    • D_Clayts 5 years ago

      I agree, he should just be DFA’d to give someone who actually wants to be there a chance…

  6. johnsilver 5 years ago

    Mets acting small market by not immediately releasing the 100% useless Perez the moment he refused to go down and try and find what he had (for 1 season) 3 years ago, if that was not a fluke from the otherwise borderline journeyman to miserable numbers he has put up otherwise.

    This is no Dontrelle Willis situation, where a guy had actually been an Ace during his career, or over several seasons even, this is a 4-5 starter at the best of times who almost always had a hard time finding the strike zone. Release him and let him go to the Independent leagues, or shuffle off to wherever one year wonders go. he sure isn’t going to help the mets wasting a roster spot and that remaining 24M is going to be deducted from the bottom line regardless.

  7. nymets4581 5 years ago

    Yeah Perez just needs to be flat out cut, and Mejia really needs to be stretched out. He is our best prospect and projects as a #2 starter, which is what he SHOULD be in a year or two. Minaya and Jerry are just too stupid to do either of those things, and they should probably be the next to go.

  8. johnsilver 5 years ago

    Filthy stuff has a way of disappearing between the BP and an actual games. want to know of another lefty who had a pretty much duplicate career of Perez? Look up a guy named Matt Young and what that world of talent, low-mid 90’s FB, good curve translated into over his 10 year career. Those 2 are mirrors of each other, they got nice, FAT contracts from BP “stuff” that rarely ever translated into actual game ‘stuff”, with mostly wildness and career losing records being the epitaph for both miserable MLB careers.

  9. bannister19 5 years ago

    @Silver, Olly was 100% the product, responsibility, and fault of Omar Minaya and no one else. His 2007 wasn’t nearly worthy of the contract he got, nor was his 2005 and 2006. He’s never once hit 200 innings, though three times he’s hit 29+ starts.

    Anyways, I smell a grievance coming for Scott Boras and Olly now that he’s on the DL.

    • icedrake523 5 years ago

      It’s not like him pitching is helping his value for a future contract.

      • bannister19 5 years ago

        This year, no, cause its not a contract year.

        • icedrake523 5 years ago

          Even next year it wouldn’t matter. No one is going to sign this guy. On top of being horrible, he’s a selfish moron represented by Boras. The only way a team would sign him is if the Mets released him and they got him for league minimum. On the open market, Boras wouldn’t take less than $5M and no one is dumb enough to pay him that much.

          • bannister19 5 years ago

            Everybody said Vernon Wells and Alex Rios were the biggest waste of money possible last year, and if they perform how they are now season-long, if they’re contract was over, they would get signed. Just how Olly had a bad 2005 and 2006. His 2007 was okay, and he got the contract (though be it cause of Omar Minaya).

            Contract years change everything. Joel Pinero didn’t get the money he got if it wasn’t for his ’09. If Olly thinks he can perform in ’11, being it a contract year, he has all the right to reject demotion (Olly has been my least-liked player around long before the contract with the Mets)

            If Livan H. continues how he’s doing, he’ll get a deal next year as well (though he won’t get nothing extensive cause of his age)

            It wouldn’t be the first time somebody performed under a contract year.

          • icedrake523 5 years ago

            Rios and Wells had more than 2 seasons of success. Even Piniero had more than 2 good seasons. Perez only had 2, one of which wasn’t even THAT good. With his inconsistency not just season-to-season but game-to-game and attitude, I don’t see anyone giving him another contract. If they do, good luck to them.

          • bannister19 5 years ago

            I agree, but even besides the stupidity of Omar Minaya, Olly would’ve gotten a multi-year contract give his success in the post-season in 2006, and in the 07 regular season. Not sure if he would’ve gotten 3/36 anywhere else, but he had some solid success (though, that’s a whole different issue when in fact, he’s sucked his entire career)..

            Lets say the Mets make the post-season and Olly does solid, and next year he has a solid year, he’ll probably get a 2 year deal somewhere again. That’s the nature of the business, unfortunately.

          • mrsjohnmiltonrocks 5 years ago

            Livan Hernandez will always get a deal somewhere until his arm falls off. You can’t compare Hernandez and Perez, at least in my mind you can’t. Hernandez always gives you everything he’s got every time he steps on the mound. He also keeps working at making adjustments and fixing what’s not working. Livan has always gotten the most out of whatever ability he has. I would never say that about Oliver Perez. No matter how he performs, I don’t see him ever getting anything but a one year incentive laden deal.

      • Infield Fly 5 years ago

        It’s also not like he has an actual future to get a contract in! :-p

  10. Whew, that was a close one…good thing that “knee tendinitis” cropped up (wink, wink)

    • souldrummer 5 years ago

      What are the rules for rehab assignment or 60 day DL for this? My guess is that Ollie wants to stick around in NYC so that he can continue to enjoy the superior clubhouse spread while he loafs around and does nothing instead of the AAA spread when he loafs around and does nothing.

  11. it came down to knee tendinitis or stupidity. Don’t blame Omar for keeping Mejia up, i blame Jerry and the Wilpons. Omar clearly doesnt have the autonomy he was promised by the Wilpons. I have heard multiple people in the industry say Omar is the right man for the job, except the Wilpons don’t know how to keep their noses out of the team. They haven’t allowed Omar to carry out his plan. Which was to become a power house team, that will attract the top latin prospects (not happening given how much mets spend in Latin America), Rebuild the minors ( not happening since mets wont spend much in draft) and build a quality big league club ( not happening since they won’t allow Omar to pursue the players he wants, like how he wanted a starter in the off season, and wilpon would only open up the check book for a Piñero type.)
    Many believe that if mets fire Omar, he would get hired right away by another team and eventually get to be a gm for a team that will allow him to work his way.

    • souldrummer 5 years ago

      Did the Wilpons tie Omar to a tree and demand that he bring GMJ and Mike Jacobs aboard? Can’t really blame the Wilpons for those to in my opinion.

      • Yea every manager makes mistakes, ask Cashman if he still would have signed nick johnson. Or Theo Epstein about Lugo. Who do we blame for not spending enough money in Latin America? Besides Mejia, Martinez and Marte, where are the big time latin american players? Even Peña, who signed with the mets only because they promised him to promote him quickly, despite having bigger offers from many teams including yankees where his dad coaches. Who do we blame for mets drafting easier to sign instead of best talent? Omar doesn’t set the budget Fred and Jeff Wilpon do. Besides the big league payroll, mets are often in the bottom in terms spending in everything else. And just remember who was the one that pushed Duquette to make that trade at the deadline a few years ago for Zambrano, and who decided Kazmir wouldnt amount to much after listening to Peterson?

  12. dickylarue 5 years ago

    You just know somehow the Mets are going to get slapped by MLB for this one. There better be something on the MRI/X Ray or the Mets are going to embroiled in another media fiasco.

    • Zack23 5 years ago

      Pretty much every athlete has some kind of tendinitis in their knees so not really a big deal.

  13. johnsilver 5 years ago

    Epstein nearly got Boston into hot water with the league and the LAD for tampering over Lugo which makes that signing all the more humorous/funny. The saving grace? Epstein finally cuts ties to contractual dead weight for the most part, like the hapless Lugo, even after 1 season with his previous signing of Renteria at great cost and turning Renteria into CoCo Crisp, a useful player.

    Good GM/Owners need the ability to move dead weight by any means, rather than hold them.

    • Zack23 5 years ago

      “Good GM/Owners need the ability to move dead weight by any means, rather than hold them.”

      Except not every organization can eat 10m at a time.

  14. East Coast Bias 5 years ago

    Can teams DFA GMs?

  15. Shawman 5 years ago

    GMs should make decisions only based on performance and future needs, leave the money to the owners and play with what is given. That said; Perez should just be cut. I’d hate him if I were in his clubhouse. Especially if I were a player who was cut instead of him because he didn’t want to be sent down. The guy is selfish.

  16. Jman1213 5 years ago

    Reminds me of last season when the Mets announced they were sending ol’ Ollie to the bullpen, then suddenly he has a knee injury and is on the DL. Not that I as a Yankee fan should talk, what with Chien-Ming Wang stinking up the joint and then being DL’ed for a “hip injury.”

    • mrsjohnmiltonrocks 5 years ago

      Well, whatever was troubling Wang, he’s still recovering from. He’s still nowhere near returning to action. Perez actually did have knee surgery last year. The Mets just forgot to tell him he was still hurt.

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