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Oliver Perez to get brief bullpen tryout, followed by release

Mar 9, 2011, 12:16 PM EDT

Oliver Perez Mets

Oliver Perez is no longer competing for a rotation spot following another poor start yesterday, but the Mets aren’t ready to release him quite yet and will instead give him a chance to claim a bullpen job.

Perez is much better suited for relief work at this point, as he actually remained somewhat effective against left-handed hitters even while being a mess overall during the past two seasons, but it doesn’t sound like his odds of securing a bullpen spot are very good either.

In fact, both Andy Martino of the New York Daily News and Adam Rubin of report that the Mets will almost surely release Perez after giving him a couple appearances as a reliever.

If true it seems odd that they wouldn’t just release him now, since watching Perez throwing 30 more pitches shouldn’t change the way anyone thinks about him, but as Rubin writes maybe the Mets are holding out hope for “some miracle performance in the next week.”

  1. The Dangerous Mabry - Mar 9, 2011 at 12:43 PM

    My take is, they just want to make sure that everyone realizes they gave him every chance and he just couldn’t get it done, so that if he tries to blame the team for anything he won’t have a leg to stand on. It’s a reasonable PR move, unless he strikes out the side in his upcoming relief spots. Then they’d be hard pressed to release him.

    • BC - Mar 9, 2011 at 12:46 PM

      I actually think this is an attempt by the Mets to stick it to him after he basically quit on them last year. Make it look like he has a chance to make the team, get him out there and let him embarrass himself on the mound, and then kick him to the curb right before Opening Day, hosing him out of being in someone else’s training camp.
      Call me a cynic….

      • phukyouk - Mar 9, 2011 at 12:50 PM

        and thats just what they should do… but first they should have Minaya have an at bat against him in which Ollie plunks him right in the “wallet”

  2. ny82jy - Mar 9, 2011 at 3:13 PM

    Wow the mets are such a joke. Just get rid of him already, hes terrible and the fans hate him. Its still amazing to me that Perez and Castillo are still on the team. Im a yankee fan who never roots for the mets but i gotta say i feel bad for them and the fans. The Wilpons should finally give the fans something to cheer about and make a big move and dump this loser already.

    • BC - Mar 9, 2011 at 4:39 PM

      Castillo can at least be borderline functional at times. Ollie is about as useful as a screen door on a submarine.

      • Old Gator - Mar 9, 2011 at 10:10 PM

        Well, it’s a nice way to enjoy the water while keeping the mosquitoes out….

  3. aronmantoo - Mar 9, 2011 at 5:38 PM

    You want to boost the fan base? Just cut him. Why waste the time he can’t start or relieve?

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