Mets Release Oliver Perez

The Mets released lefty Oliver Perez, the team officially announced today.  The move comes three days after the release of second baseman Luis Castillo, as the team's new regime bailed on Omar Minaya's two worst contracts with one year remaining.  The Mets still owe Perez $12MM for 2011. 

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Perez, 29, re-signed with the Mets on a three-year, $36MM deal in February of 2009.  The contract was fairly well-received in the media at the time.  The signing quickly became unpopular, with the southpaw posting the two worst seasons of his career.  The numbers: a 6.81 ERA, 7.9 K/9, 8.0 BB/9, and 1.7 HR/9 over 112 1/3 innings.  New GM Sandy Alderson allowed Perez a chance to make the 2011 club as a reliever, but he allowed 13 hits and nine runs in 9 2/3 spring innings.

The Phillies signed Castillo yesterday and appear to have big league playing time for him.  It'll be a much longer road back for Perez.  The Mets ate $18MM to make the pair go away, minus the Major League minimum if they play in the Majors.  The cuts should be popular with fans, and hopefully the team can generate a few positive storylines heading into the 2011 season.

Brian Costa of the Wall Street Journal first tweeted the news of Perez's release.


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100 Comments on "Mets Release Oliver Perez"


John C
4 years 5 months ago

What took so long?

East Coast Bias
4 years 5 months ago

two years too late

Infield Fly
4 years 5 months ago

All I can think of is “ding dong the pitcher’s dead…”

Maybe he’s not really dead but he’s dead to us!!

studio179
4 years 5 months ago

Suddenly, those Mets fans walk with a spring in their step…the food taste better…the air smells cleaner…

Martin M.
4 years 5 months ago

it was a long time coming

Babawhitesox
4 years 5 months ago

Wow, first Castillo and now this? I wish more GMs did this with guys who aren’t worth anything. Jim Hendry should see this and release Carlos Silva

Tko11
Tko11
4 years 5 months ago

Silva wasnt THAT bad last year.

4 years 5 months ago

Silva was worth 2.1 WAR last year. Perez hasn’t been worth that much since 2007.

Not really comparable.

The_Silver_Stacker
4 years 5 months ago

Congrats Mets fans

tigers22
4 years 5 months ago

Big gulps, huh?

Well…see ya later.

notsureifsrs
4 years 5 months ago

some people just aren’t cut out for a life on the mound

TartanElk
4 years 5 months ago

Some people just aren’t cut out for big gulps.

iheartyourfart
4 years 5 months ago

meet jason bay in the stall at 2 am sharp for manly love

4 years 5 months ago

wanna cruise by on my mini bike as Olly is leavin the club house, “… Olly, I desperately wanna make love to a school boy.”

FrankFranciscoSaysTakeASeat
4 years 5 months ago

The Mets should give Perez a briefcase full of IOUs for the 12 mil. That’s as good as money, sir. Go ahead and add it up. Every cent’s accounted for.

notsureifsrs
4 years 5 months ago

Oliver: So, where you headin’?
Luis: Philadelphia
Oliver: Mmm, California. Beautiful.

Lunchbox45
4 years 5 months ago

Look, see this? That’s a car. 275 thou. Might wanna hang onto that one.

4 years 5 months ago

Don’t deny it, Olly. Fraida told me the whole sleazy story, Mr. French Tickler! I guess we both learned a little something about each other today.

4 years 5 months ago

maa haaa haaannn you are one pathetic loser!!! no offense

Mr. Furious
4 years 5 months ago

I guess they couldn’t package him with Jason Bay to get Brian Giles.

John_Ginder
4 years 5 months ago

I just don’t understand what happened to him.

4 years 5 months ago

He was never really that good to begin with.

dc21892
4 years 5 months ago

Where do we begin?

fivepoint0
4 years 5 months ago

Birth.

ARod's Ring
4 years 5 months ago

“the shocker” of the year! that the Mets did WHAT?!

4 years 5 months ago

the los mets era is almost over….

SRT
4 years 5 months ago

???

Yeah, because signing and releasing Perez was all about race.

I noticed you’re a Yankee fan. Maybe that explains this comment.

Tko11
Tko11
4 years 5 months ago

No but signing him may have been.

The_Silver_Stacker
4 years 5 months ago

You just made a generalization in relpy to a generalization

SRT
4 years 5 months ago

Yeah, except one is a stereotype (or generalization, as you put it) and the othe other is playing the race card. Big difference.

But whatever.

Lunchbox45
4 years 5 months ago

we accept your apology

SRT
4 years 5 months ago

LOL….so it’s perfectly O.K. to pull out the race card but not make a comment on stereotyping a fan base?

Priorities.

TapDancingTeddy
4 years 5 months ago

I hate all that “los Mets” stuff. But to be fair to “pete a,” it’s usually Met fans who bring it up and rant about it.

I don’t care what ethnicity player is on my team. I’m guessing most sports fans are the same.

Michael Brown
4 years 5 months ago

Priority 1: Read more.
Priority 2: Become a better typist.
Priority 3: Think before you speak(type in this case)

Priority 4: Root for a better team.

*Priority 4 is completely optional, but doing so increases respect ten-fold.

Mario Saavedra
4 years 5 months ago

Omar Minaya was all about Latino players, everybody knows that.

4 years 5 months ago

come on, you know Joba loves him some Taco Bell …

MetsEventually
4 years 5 months ago

Now for our next scapegoat…

j6takish
4 years 5 months ago

Trading Jeff Franceour didn’t immediately make the Mets a contender. I demand results!

4 years 5 months ago

I mean they are going to bring Minaya back in some capacity…

4 years 5 months ago

Carlos Beltran, Johan Santana, Jason Bay, and/or Francisco Rodriguez.

formerdraftpick
4 years 5 months ago

I still don’t understand how Perez lost so much velocity in his pitches over such a short period of time. He doesn’t look out of shape. The whole thing is definitely mental. So the next stage, who do you think he’ll get picked up by? Most likely he’ll have a minor league contract within the next few weeks. Probably not back to the Pirates… Blue Jays? Astros?

Tko11
Tko11
4 years 5 months ago

Itd be funny if the Phillies gave him a minor league contract.

nm344
4 years 5 months ago

Phillies are really short in starting pitching…

Jason Klinger
4 years 5 months ago

If by “funny” you mean “tragic,” then yes, it would be funny.

Tko11
Tko11
4 years 5 months ago

The Mets being my 2nd favorite team, it would be straight funny for me. Even funnier if Blanton got injured and Perez was called up and then Wright hits a homerun off of him. Ahh I can only imagine, itd be the only bright spot for the Mets this season.

nm344
4 years 5 months ago

At least you only picked Blanton to be the one to get hurt… A kinder, gentler Mets fan.

MetsFanXXIII
4 years 5 months ago

I don’t think losing 7 mph on your fastball is completely mental.

4 years 5 months ago

I think he’ll retire. Why would he accept a minor league contract when last year he rejected a minor league assignment? I think last year he was thinking, “just frickin cut me already.” He doesn’t have anything left and he knows it.

4 years 5 months ago

if he retires he doesnt get paid. he can sit the year as a FA, or sign a minor league deal.

but your right he has nothing left. and is a loser.

jdub220
4 years 5 months ago

That would be the case if he retired before he was released. If he retires now the Mets will still have to pay him.

aeqr
4 years 5 months ago

Ooooooouuu when the saaaaaaiiintsss, gooo marching in, oooooohhh when the saaaaiiiintsss gooo marching in, you gotta praise our lord and savior, because Ollie is finally out of the team!

bjhaas1977
4 years 5 months ago

He’s velocity may be down because he was on PEDs before his big contract. He is from mexico so I’m guessing he can get them.

Lunchbox45
4 years 5 months ago

do you have to wear a helmet when you leave your house?

Guest
4 years 5 months ago

Pretty ignorant comment. What about all the athletes from everywhere else (including the US and Canada) that can get them as well?

While everyone knows Perez was a bust , linking him to PED’s without any proof isn’t fair.

For example, I could call you a dumbass because of your comment, but the statement isn’t really fair considering I don’t know you beyond said comment.

stl_cards16
4 years 5 months ago

Hey, at least he gave you proof before you judged!

Jason Klinger
4 years 5 months ago

Because all Mexican players are on performance-enhancing drugs, right? Got it.

icedrake523
4 years 5 months ago

If he was on PEDs, I hope he kept his receipt. After all, the E stands for Enhancing.

JohnKruksWaistline
4 years 5 months ago

I’ve heard of having a higher BB/9 than K/9, but only when the guy’s K/9 is absolutely, utterly, brutally low. Thanks, Ollie.

Lunchbox45
4 years 5 months ago

8.0 bb/9

JohnKruksWaistline
4 years 5 months ago

Absurd!

Lunchbox45
4 years 5 months ago

beyond absurd.

4 years 5 months ago

That has to be the most AWESOME name on mlbtraderumors…”JohnKruksWaistline”, hilarious, and I’m a Braves fan!

notsureifsrs
4 years 5 months ago

problem?

-d. willis

TartanElk
4 years 5 months ago

Nope. I’m good.

-A. Miller

4 years 5 months ago

FINALLY!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

TheHotCorner
4 years 5 months ago

Wow. Didn’t see this coming at all. (sarcasm)

Wonder who Boras will compare him to now when trying to sell him to another team.

roomwithamoose
4 years 5 months ago

Blyleven…just saying… like how long HOF voters took to see his candidacy, so will Ollie Perez to his potential? haha

Bernaldo
4 years 5 months ago

There is nothing, absolutely nothing to compare Perez’s career with Blyleven. One is going to the Hall fo Fame, the other a mediocre pitcher who will soon be forgotten.

SixAces
4 years 5 months ago

You’re being a bit nice there with “mediocre” pitcher.

NatsTown
4 years 5 months ago

it really is mindblowing how someone with so much talent early in their career can completely fall apart.

4 years 5 months ago

Eh this happens to starting pitchers.

4 years 5 months ago

Hi, My name is Andrew Miller…it’s a pleasure to meet you.

Michael Brown
4 years 5 months ago

I think it’s safe to say it’s the Marlins that messed that one up. Rushing the kid to the major way, way too soon.

mrsjohnmiltonrocks
4 years 5 months ago

I think the Tigers had him up in the Bigs before the Marlins tried it. No matter, he wasn’t ready.

JB3
4 years 5 months ago

It’s the Marlin’s fault that the Tigers called him up at age 21? Or that the Tigers had him make 13 starts when he was 22?

By the time the Marlins got him, he was almost out of options.

NatsTown
4 years 5 months ago

I dont think you can make a comparison to the two, because Miller NEVER has any success whereas Perez was a stud and could be dominant

4 years 5 months ago

I watched that game too

BrianMcCann_sBeard
4 years 5 months ago

Maybe the Yankee’s will sign him, they need pitching help… :)

BrianMcCann_sBeard
4 years 5 months ago

Wonder if the Yankee’s will pick him up? Apparently they need pitching help… :)