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Mets COO Jeff Wilpon: "Do you think I really would go out and sign Oliver Perez?"

Oct 7, 2010, 10:16 AM EDT

Andy McCullough of the Newark Star Ledger reports that Oliver Perez “will begin pitching in the Mexican Pacific League next month” and adds that “if he does not improve and the new general manager cannot deal him” the team is prepared to simply eat the remaining $12 million on his contract.
McCullough’s comments stem from a radio interview yesterday in which Mets chief operating officer Jeff Wilpon said the following about Perez (and former general manager Omar Minaya):

Anybody who thinks I’m the general manager, do you think I really would go out and sign Oliver Perez? Or did I go along with what my GM suggested? We tried to get the best contract we could with him. It obviously hasn’t worked so far. So the new GM coming in hopefully won’t have the baggage of Oliver Perez being under his watch.

Wilpon also revealed that agent Scott Boras encouraged Perez to accept a minor-league assignment when the Mets tried to demote him in the middle of the season, but the left-hander ultimately would not agree. Instead he took up a roster spot while pitching in just three of the Mets’ final 57 games and fittingly ended his season by walking in a run with the bases loaded.

  1. geoknows - Oct 7, 2010 at 11:06 AM

    If you go to the article, then click through to the highlights from the original interview with Wilpon, you will also discover that the fact that Citi Field plays like a cavern is also Omar Minaya’s fault.
    Memo to Jeff Wilpon: We get it that Minaya was generally not good at his job. But throwing him under the bus like this is not exactly going to entice desirable GM candidates to line up for an interview.

  2. Jonny5 - Oct 7, 2010 at 11:14 AM

    Wilpon is showing us all why the Mets continue to fail. Nobody will take responsibility for their actions. Since when does a GM pick the size of a stadium?? And large stadiums don’t cause a team to lose anyway!!! I don’t know, maybe NY can wait until Wilpon dies or hope he sells, but until he’s out I feel this will be a cycle.

  3. John_Michael - Oct 7, 2010 at 12:09 PM

    Exactly. Wilpon’s actions are ensuring that the only candidates that will consider the Mets job are the ones that can’t find a position anywhere else. The Mets GM job was already going to be impossibly hard, but now someone’s going to have to deal with that? (In my best Queens accent): Fogettaboutit.

  4. Michael_In_Greenpoint - Oct 7, 2010 at 1:28 PM

    Oliver Perez is the poster boy for the stupidity that plagues the Mets. He, Omar, and Jerry should’ve been paid off and sent packing at the end of last season. Instead, they were given another year to screw up the team. Why would anyone expect this trio of incompetent losers to suddenly become winners?
    One could even make the argument that Perez single-handedly ruined the Mets’ season this year. If he had won the 18 or so games he was paid to win, the Mets would’ve been battling for a playoff spot instead of failing to reach .500. Just goes to show you the difference one player can mean to the fortunes of a team.

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