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Oliver Perez ends his season by walking in the go-ahead run

Oct 4, 2010, 12:45 PM EDT

Oliver Perez ended his disastrous season on a fitting note yesterday, coming into a 1-1 game in the 14th inning, striking out the first batter he faced, hitting the second batter he faced, and then handing out three straight walks, the last of which forced in the game-winning run with the bases loaded.
Now, in fairness to Perez it was literally his first appearance in four weeks and he pitched in just three of the Mets’ final 57 games. And in fairness to the Mets, he finished the season 0-5 with a 6.80 ERA and more walks (42) than strikeouts (37) in 46 innings.
Perez told reporters afterward that he plans to pitch winter ball in Mexico and wants to return to the Mets:

I do want to come back here. I need to prove to the people that I can be the pitcher I was before. They boo because I’m not pitching good. When you don’t do the job, that’s what they’re going to do.

Obviously the Mets would love to part with Perez, but they owe him $12 million for next season and he’s been so bad that simply eating a big chunk of that salary probably won’t convince another team to take him off their hands. They may have to eat basically the entire $12 million. And it might be worth it.

  1. froggy - Oct 4, 2010 at 1:31 PM

    “The pitcher I was before”?
    What is that exactly?

  2. Utley's hair - Oct 4, 2010 at 1:44 PM

    Sounds about right. He is the world’s most expensive paper weight.

  3. Jonny5 - Oct 4, 2010 at 2:15 PM

    Couldn’t they just put a hit on him? He basically stole lot of $$$ from them. And there’s only one way to ensure it won’t be another 12 million, if you think about it… Who wants to bet Perez never returns from Mexico and the Wilpons are investigated by the Feds over it? I got 20$ that says it’s so. that’s my prediction, 2011 Perez swims wit da fishes…

  4. Old Gator - Oct 5, 2010 at 1:19 AM

    Who’ll do the dirty work? Uegeth Urbina is already in jail and the league tests for Cartel use.

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