The Next Steps For Oliver Perez

9:02am: Perez will not be released today, a source tells Martino (Twitter link).  Instead, he'll get two bullpen appearances and will be released if they are not stellar.

8:03am: "The end is drawing closer" for Oliver Perez and the Mets, writes Andy Martino of the New York Daily News.  Perez's Spring Training starts were "mere theater," writes Joel Sherman of the New York Post.  Now, Mets GM Sandy Alderson, manager Terry Collins, and pitching coach Dan Warthen will meet today to decide between giving Perez a shot at relief or releasing him immediately, according to Martino.

Why are the Mets going through these motions with Perez?  Some in the organization really want to see him audition for the bullpen, tweets Martino.  Otherwise, Sherman has two theories.  One is that the new administration must "put on a show" for ownership before cutting Perez.  The other is that ownership is aiming to release Perez and Luis Castillo closer to the season, to "get the most positive bump" with fans before Opening Day.

Releasing Perez and Castillo will require the Mets to eat $18MM.  Click here for my list of other candidates to be released this month.


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24 Comments on "The Next Steps For Oliver Perez"


BravesRed
4 years 5 months ago

Boras will have him a new job within a week.

4 years 5 months ago

Doubt it.

This post, entitled “The Next Steps for Oliver Perez,” should only contain one word.

“Retirement.”

The_Silver_Stacker
4 years 5 months ago

Mets fans get your party hats ready

4 years 5 months ago

Los Mets coming to an end….

mgsports
4 years 5 months ago

Both to the Yankees for Prospects.

4 years 5 months ago

lay off the drugs man. best the mets can get is a bag of baseballs!!

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start_wearing_purple
4 years 5 months ago

Is the bat boy considered a prospect?

AlKelz
4 years 5 months ago

Two more of Minaya’s affirmative action team bite the dust. Just as he has. Beltran is next. K-Rod is K-Gone. Johan if he recovers will be traded. Now if only the Mets could release the Wilpons ?

The_Silver_Stacker
4 years 5 months ago

If the Mets consider trading Santana they will have to eat a good chunk of that contract as I’m sure teams are going to be cautious given his injury status.

4 years 5 months ago

one word for you Perez…….RELEASE, RELEASE, RELEASE, RELEASE, RELEASE, RELEASE

mgsports
4 years 5 months ago

Yes the Yankees would take any SP that the Mets would offer.

4 years 5 months ago

if he can’t pitch in the NL East what makes you think he would do good in the AL?

MetsEventually
4 years 5 months ago

Perez just can’t pitch in general though

The_Silver_Stacker
4 years 5 months ago

The Yankees have better in house solutions then any pitcher the Mets can offer.

MB923
4 years 5 months ago

Not if their name isn’t Johan Santana

MetsEventually
4 years 5 months ago

So stellar means not giving up a single run or hit or walk and striking out everyone right? No more Ollie it is!

Gumby65
4 years 5 months ago

Mets dealing with Ollie is like taking watch to the pawn shop and the clerk telling you “Twenty Bucks, but if you have the original box it came in, I’ll charge you only Five bucks to dispose of it”.

4 years 5 months ago

if i’m ollie wouldn’t i want to be released? hope to get a spot with the pirates or the royals and try to be a starter again? i’m leaving some meat balls over the plate in these two spring training appearances.

The_Silver_Stacker
4 years 5 months ago

Castillo lost any chance of redemption with Mets fans ever since the “game winning error” against the Yankees.

The_Silver_Stacker
4 years 5 months ago

Part of the problem when the Mets gave Castillo that contract was he wasn’t the same player he was when he played for the Marlins where he was VERY good, lots of stolen bases, good D, high on base percentage etc. By the time the Mets picked him up those numbers were on the way down, especially the stolen bases. His knees were shoddy and he became slower and once that happened he couldn’t really offer anything buy singles for the most part.

Smrtbusnisman04
4 years 5 months ago

His hitting style and low OB %, not to mention declining range at 2B, is NOT WORTH $6 Million a year. I’m not gonna have him sacrifice meatballs over the plate every time Reyes is on first (which over the last 2 years has not happened often) just so Reyes can attempt a steal.

On a side note, Perez should be released.

The_Silver_Stacker
4 years 5 months ago

Also no one knows how Johan will respond to all these injuries. I think we have seen the last of the “dominant” Johan.

guest_54
4 years 5 months ago

He meant to say “used baseballs.”

Infield Fly
4 years 5 months ago

You wish! Hell, I wish! NOW it looks like he’s going to the bullpen for the time being.

What bothers me is that after dragging this out forever and getting no proof that PĂ©rez is worth anything…they’re dragging it out some more. Not only that, they’re still asking themselves “can he help us?” when the answer was self-evident three years + countless blown games ago. What’s so hard about throwing a piece of trash in the garbage where he belongs?