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UPDATE: The Mets are off the hook with the Oliver Perez DL assignment

Jun 8, 2010, 4:03 PM EDT

Oliver Perez headshot.JPGUPDATE:  Guess not. Andy Martino reports that Major League Baseball is “comfortable” with the Ollie Perez DL stint and has closed its investigation.  Apparently Perez suffered the most conveniently-timed knee injury in baseball history.

I’m inclined to think that teams abuse the DL for roster management purposes all the time. As far as I know, however, no team has ever gotten busted for it.

Oh well. Stay tuned for Ollie suddenly coming down with a terrible case of Badcontracism sometime soon, necessitating his move to the 60-day DL.

1:17 P.M.: As was reported over the weekend, eyebrows were raised when the Mets put Oliver Perez on the disabled list after a couple of weeks of trying to get him to accept a minor league assignment and at the exact moment his roster slot was needed for Jon Niese’s callup.  We learned on Saturday that MLB was reviewing it, but MLB reviews all roster moves so no biggie, right?

Maybe not.  Matthew Cerrone of MetsBlog reports that he has heard from two MLB sources who characterize this as “a serious
investigation,” and that there’s a chance the transaction
gets reversed.

I don’t know what reversing the roster move would really entail. Certainly it would mean the Mets have to place Perez back on the roster and make a corresponding roster move to make room.  It’s doubtful that anything happens as a result of Niese getting  a start that was later adjudged to have been occasioned by an illegal roster move.  We’re probably talking a fine or something.

I’d have to think that if the move was found to be wrongful that the Mets would simply have to DFA Perez, right? I mean how can you keep a guy that you hate so much that you’d cheat the system to be rid of?

  1. cf - Jun 8, 2010 at 1:45 PM

    When does Omar get the boot? When did Beltran play last? Does Reyes know how to get on base yet? A stadium was built that takes away your power hitters power; Wright to right center.
    When does Omar get farmed out?

  2. BC - Jun 8, 2010 at 1:45 PM

    Oh good Lord, what next??!?!
    Maybe I shouldn’t ask that. They’ll probably dump Ollie and pick up Suppan now.

  3. Drew - Jun 8, 2010 at 2:08 PM

    Re: Reyes. He’s at .279/.367/.465 over the last 14 days. Of course he’s dreadful over the last 7 days, so it’s hard to say if either is a meaningful indicator of anything.

  4. Benny Blanco - Jun 8, 2010 at 2:11 PM

    BC, who cares about this really? I hope they DFA him.
    And cf, your problems with this park should be non-existent considering they way there are playing at home.

  5. GimmeSomeSteel - Jun 8, 2010 at 2:17 PM

    I wonder how long this investigation will take, as it seems to take a month to get from Manhattan to Queens, as opposed to the 30 seconds it takes MLB to respond to anything in The Bronx. Go to Queens, get the medical records, take them to a non-Mets doctor, get his or her opinion, write a report.
    the only time I remember MLB overruling a DL assignment was when the Reds put a Rule 5 pitcher on the DL with right elbow tendinitis–only he was a lefty.

  6. Tonya Harding - Jun 8, 2010 at 2:33 PM

    Omar, I’m still available to take care of that knee for you.

  7. Church of the Perpetually Outraged - Jun 8, 2010 at 2:34 PM

    and that there’s a chance the transaction gets reversed.

    How is this any different from the Dontrelle Willis shenanigans from last year when he was put on the DL for “anxiety” problems? Then Willis admitted that he was “fine” and wasn’t seeing a doctor nor getting any meds prescribed?

  8. GMB - Jun 8, 2010 at 2:44 PM

    When is Omar DFA???

  9. BC - Jun 8, 2010 at 2:46 PM

    I only care about it if it helps Minaya get fired.

  10. Ross - Jun 8, 2010 at 2:54 PM

    “Maybe I shouldn’t ask that. They’ll probably dump *Pelfrey* and pick up Suppan now.”
    Fixed that for you, since it’s Omar and all…

  11. Benny Blanco - Jun 8, 2010 at 3:05 PM

    Point taken.

  12. JK - Jun 8, 2010 at 3:24 PM

    The rest of the team should strap Olie’s arm between 2 benches or chairs and break it Sylvester Stallone style in Victory. Let’s try and see MLB keep him off the DL when his arm is in a cast baby…

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