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.

24 Responses to The Next Steps For Oliver Perez Leave a Reply

  1. BravesRed 4 years ago

    Boras will have him a new job within a week.

    • Doubt it.

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


  2. The_Silver_Stacker 4 years ago

    Mets fans get your party hats ready

  3. Los Mets coming to an end….

  4. mgsports 4 years ago

    Both to the Yankees for Prospects.

  5. AlKelz 4 years 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 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.


  7. mgsports 4 years ago

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

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

      • MetsEventually 4 years ago

        Perez just can’t pitch in general though

    • The_Silver_Stacker 4 years ago

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

    • MB923 4 years ago

      Not if their name isn’t Johan Santana

  8. MetsEventually 4 years ago

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

  9. Gumby65 4 years 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”.

  10. 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.

  11. The_Silver_Stacker 4 years ago

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

  12. The_Silver_Stacker 4 years 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.

  13. Smrtbusnisman04 4 years 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.

  14. The_Silver_Stacker 4 years ago

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

  15. guest_54 4 years ago

    He meant to say “used baseballs.”

  16. Infield Fly 4 years 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?

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