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Shocker: Oliver Perez isn’t doing too hot in winter ball

Nov 20, 2010, 4:40 PM EDT

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With a pretty slow day news-wise, I figured now was as good a time as any to check in on everyone’s favorite punching bag, Oliver Perez.

Last we left the erratic left-hander, he intended to pitch for Culiacan of the Mexican Winter League in order to shake the rust after essentially rotting away in the Mets’ bullpen for most of the season. Well, let’s just say that he isn’t having much success south of the border. Courtesy of Adam Rubin of ESPNNewYork.com, Perez has a 9.00 ERA and .350 batting average against in five innings over his first five appearances with the club.

I would usually give someone the benefit of the doubt with such a small sample size, but this is Oliver Perez we’re talking about here.

Mets COO Jeff Wilpon indicated in October that he would be willing to eat the $12 million left on Perez’s contract for next season if he didn’t show some improvement in Mexico, so with the chances of new Mets GM Sandy Alderson finding a trade somewhere between slim and none, they should probably just go ahead and do it already. I would be completely floored — and as a Mets fan, severely disappointed — if he is still on the team next season.

  1. henryd3rd - Nov 21, 2010 at 6:21 AM

    Omar, where are you when Oliver needs you? This dude is the poster boy for what went wrong with the Mets under Minaya’s leadership. He couldn’t get anyone out, he refused a minor league assignment to work out his pitching problems, he refused to accompany the team on their visit Walter Reed Army Hospital to pay homage to those injured troops and he was a cancer in the clubhouse. Now if they could only get something for that injury prone Carlos Beltram the Mets might be back on the road to respectability. One caveat however; If only Jr. Wilpon allows Alderson to do his job and not undermined him the way he undermined Minaya, Randolph and Manuel

    • Old Gator - Nov 21, 2010 at 10:50 AM

      He didn’t “undermine” Minaya and Manuel very much. He didn’t need to. They were perfectly capable of screwing everything up within the ambit of the leeway they had, and did. If Wilpon’s body had been standing upside-down in a cryogenic cylinder and his head was being used for a paperweight in the records office during the entire period of Minaya’s stewardship, the results would have been pretty much the same – except that he’d have less money left.

      As for Willie Randolph, between that slimebag Manuel and that lowlife equipment manager – who probably could have been one of O. J. Simpson’s houseguests if everybody’s favorite multiple murderer were still at liberty – he wasn’t just undermined; he was swallowed by a sinkhole that Manuel probably paid good money to have moved from central Florida to directly underneath Randolph’s desk.

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