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.