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Oliver Perez buys himself some time, but the end is nigh

Mar 4, 2011, 8:25 AM EDT

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Yesterday we heard that if Oliver Perez had another bad outing that he could have been run out of town on a rail.  So lucky for him he didn’t have another bad outing. In fact, he had a darn good one: two scoreless innings, no walks and more strikes than balls. It probably bought him another start.

But it probably didn’t save his skin. Andy Martino reports that Perez is still probably a dead man walking as far as the Mets are concerned:

While Oliver Perez remains officially in the rotation competition, the Mets have decided internally that he will not be a starter during the regular season, sources say, and the team remains likely to release its $36 million pitcher before Opening Day. But Perez probably pitched well enough Thursday to earn another Grapefruit League appearance.

Really: what’s the point of giving him another start if he’s not going to be on the team? There are a finite number of innings to be doled out during spring training. Why not give them to someone who might actually benefit the Mets in 2011?

  1. BC - Mar 4, 2011 at 8:44 AM

    Only thing I can think is they’re for some reason doing him a favor, giving him a chance to show he can pitch so he has a chance to latch on somewhere. They can’t trade him with that contract.
    If he somehow makes the Opening Day roster, there will be a lot of Ketel One consumed here. Why they didn’t cut his sorry butt last September is beyond me.

    • uyf1950 - Mar 4, 2011 at 10:23 AM

      My friend Bonderman and Millwood will be picked up before this guys once the Mets cut him lose. Maybe even, probably Colon also.

  2. cur68 - Mar 4, 2011 at 11:56 AM

    You never know, could be they saw things in the guy and they’re keeping the heat turned up on him to perform like he aught to. Could be that’s what his next start is all about. Maybe he’s learned the knuckle ball?

  3. hackerjay - Mar 4, 2011 at 1:06 PM

    Well, if the release him any other team can pick him up for league minimum. Maybe they are trying to build up some trade value so that they could trade him to someone that was willing to pick a bit more then the minimum.

  4. aronmantoo - Mar 4, 2011 at 5:50 PM

    Ollie pitched 2 innings against a triple a linup save one stating player. He didn’t walk any of these minor leagurrs nor did he strike one out. With a fastball topping out at 87 MPH? Who would sign him and why?

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