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The Mets won't demote or cut Oliver Perez

Aug 3, 2010, 9:47 AM EDT

It’s one thing to make a mistake with a big contract. Just about every GM — including some good ones — have done that.  It’s another thing altogether to compound the mistake by never admitting you made it in the first place and carrying on as if everything is hunky dory. Ladies and gentlemen, I give you the New York Mets:

Two sources said Monday that the team had totally given up attempting to
convince Perez to accept a minor league assignment. “That’s done,” one
source said. “He’s not going to agree to go down” . . .

. . . For months, the team offered a flat “no” to the possibility that it
would cut Perez and swallow the remainder of a three-year, $36 million
contract awarded him before the 2009 season. Monday, sources said that
stance had not changed.

So basically Perez will only pitch in lost causes, if he even sees action then.  Which means that the Mets have effectively decided to play the remainder of the season with one less roster spot than the Phillies and the Braves.  All because Omar Minaya (or whoever is making the call) won’t admit a mistake in signing Pereze and DFA him as God and Nature intended.

Mets fans: this is why you can’t have nice things.

  1. BC - Aug 3, 2010 at 9:53 AM

    DFA the guy. Some hopelessly desperate team (Boston? LA?) would at least trade you a bucket of spit for him, and you might be able to get away with eating only 50% of that horrible contract.
    PS. LOVE the picture. Reaffirms the dude is a total gomer.

  2. w2lucky - Aug 3, 2010 at 10:18 AM

    He’s probably Minaya’s nephew. When he signed Perez, every fan knew it was a joke. Minaya has to be related to Perez to keep him on his bench and allow the standard for poor perfromance to contaminate his locker room. What else could it be? Ignorance?

  3. BC - Aug 3, 2010 at 10:27 AM

    Um. Yeah. Ignorance. I vote for that.

  4. Detroit Michael - Aug 3, 2010 at 10:39 AM

    It’s not THAT bad a decision, is it? The Mets are playing with one less roster spot until September 1. After that, there are plenty of roster slots available unless the Mets lose someone in the Rule 5 draft in November. The payoff is that maybe he does well enough in spring training that he makes the team in 2011. If he isn’t good enough then, then yes one releases him. Also, if one really gets into a roster crunch during August, the Mets can always change their minds on the fly.
    I don’t know that I’d make the same decision, but it’s not unreasonable to spend a roster slot now in hopes that he finds a magic elixir during spring training 2011.

  5. Dan in Katonah - Aug 3, 2010 at 11:50 AM

    Hey, Omar. I’m not saying nothing, but I may know a guy who knows a guy. You know? You got insurance on dis guy? Maybe he can mop up with da fishes. Fuhgedaboudit.

  6. Old Gator - Aug 3, 2010 at 11:51 AM

    Why vote for ignorance when stupidity is running? What have you got against ticket splitting?

  7. BC - Aug 3, 2010 at 11:56 AM

    Maybe we can hire that dude that whacked Nancy Kerrigan’s leg. At least if he’s on the DL can can’t screw anything up.

  8. Old Gator - Aug 3, 2010 at 11:58 AM

    You make a lot of sense. What the hell are you doing here?
    .
    But seriously folks, yeah, it’s a good point. Plus, if they let him just sit and rot, the animosity his teammates have already displayed towards him by “leaking” their contempt to the press (easy to do in New York, since there’s nothing the hacks from the Pestilence love to smear across their reader’s eyes than effusions of teammaterly bile) will be burning holes in his back every time he turns around. And of course there could come a day, and soon given the ongoing implosion of their season, when one of the more muscular swains in the locker room grabs him by the throat in frustration and slams him up against the lockers. Maybe someone even takes a wet towel and snaps his weewee off. It’s been known to happen. Who knows? Even someone sunk as deeply in stubbornness and denial as Perez might begin to think that he’s better off taking in the babes on Virginia Beach.

  9. Old Gator - Aug 3, 2010 at 12:03 PM

    Shane Stant, by name. And have you seen what Tonya Harding looks like lately? Remember those dancing hippos in the tutus in Fantasia? Get Perez drunk and send him in for a night with her. He’ll be on the DL for the rest of his contract. But at least have the marginal mercifulness to equip him with a large paper bag.

  10. Kiwicricket - Aug 3, 2010 at 12:11 PM

    I think ‘they’ are hoping, praying…burning small scented things, that Perez pulls both his thumbs out of his backside next season in search of another contract. Also if/when the Mets are rubbish, possibly a trade might work. This long-shot looks possible considering he was once good enough to trick someone into giving him money for his services. (Who he tricked, and how he tricked is another subject) Once fooled……. . . . . .
    Personally, I would wait until he arrives one morning, inform him hes got 3hrs to vacate the premises and have a security guard escort him. Possibly take a contrasting photo to display next to the one above.

  11. Cantankerous - Aug 3, 2010 at 6:39 PM

    At least Alex Cora’s option is going to vest in the next couple of weeks…
    But rather than not letting him pitch at all, I say they get their money’s worth. Next time they’re being blown out in the early innings, send Perez out there and leave him out there. If he throws 150 pitches and gives up 15 runs in relief, so what? And the next day? Send him right back out there. Make him throw till his arm falls off.

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