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The inevitable has happened: Oliver Perez has been released

Mar 21, 2011, 8:31 AM EDT

Oliver Perez Mets

We’ve seen this coming all spring and, actually, I’m kind of surprised it took this long.  Oliver Perez has been released.

His last outing as a Met came on Saturday against the Nationals, and it was pretty much standard-issue Oliver Perez: back-to-back home runs to a couple of anonymous hitters, a two-out walk to a lefty — when getting lefties out was his only hope of survival on the Mets — and then a single before getting the hook.

Oliver Perez may or may not catch on with another team — it’s hard to kill a lefty — but no matter what he does, he’ll make $12 million this year, so let us not weep for him.  At the same time, let us at least warmly acknowledge the Mets’ new willingness in the Sandy Alderson era to recognize a sunk cost and the value of a roster spot.

  1. macjacmccoy - Mar 21, 2011 at 8:51 AM

    I think the Phillies need a new bat boy.

    • heyblueyoustink - Mar 21, 2011 at 9:34 AM

      Bat boy? Nah, I don’t want him anywhere near the field…..maybe there’s a future as a relief hot dog vendor outside the oark

      • Utley's Hair - Mar 21, 2011 at 11:03 AM

        Blue, With the effect he’s had on bats the last few years, I think bat boy would be a good job for him.

        But on the off chance that he’s just an all-around jinx, I say security guy in the visitors parking lot (if there is such a thing).

  2. BC - Mar 21, 2011 at 9:00 AM

    WOOOOOOOOOOOOHOOOOOOOOOO!!!!!!!!
    This has been the best 3 or 4 days in Mets history!
    Yeah baby yeah!!!!!!!!!!! WOOOOOOOOOOOOOOHOOOOOOOOOOOOOO!!!!!!!

  3. aburns77 - Mar 21, 2011 at 9:05 AM

    Glad to see the Mets be able to pull the plug on a sunk cost like Perez. I think Ollie’s release is far more justifiable than Castillo in that he really serves no utility at this point due to his diminished velocity and complete inability to throw strikes. The Mets will wish they had that 12mil back but at least now they don’t have to come up with bogus DL stints for him when he can’t pitch at all

  4. phintasm - Mar 21, 2011 at 9:51 AM

    How dare the Mets cut an under-performing, overpaid player who happens to be of Latino heritage! They must be racists.

  5. Old Gator - Mar 21, 2011 at 9:52 AM

    Maybe the Mutts can start thinking about changing back to their old theme song, “Meet the Mutts,” and scrapping “Look at Us, We’re Walking.”

    • BC - Mar 21, 2011 at 10:12 AM

      This should be the Mets theme song:

      http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Loser_(Beck_song)

  6. Dan in Katonah - Mar 21, 2011 at 10:26 AM

    Cue the trumpets! Pop the champagne!
    On behalf of Mets fans everywhere, I can only say – What the hell took so long? Why string this stupid thing out? Clearly he should have be dumped last year, but what was with the charade that he could be effective in the bullpen? We did not owe him anything in the way of courtesy to give him a chance. Unlike Castillo, who had marginal value, Ollie was an undisputed negative.
    So long and don’t let the door hit you on the way out.

  7. trevorb06 - Mar 21, 2011 at 11:03 AM

    Ollie is so bad the Padres won’t even sign him for a reclamation project.

  8. cur68 - Mar 21, 2011 at 11:21 AM

    To Mr. O. Perez;
    Go to the minors (someone will take you; offer to be a bat boy. No job that requites you to throw anything should ever be considered), meet up with anyone named Niekro. Spend some of that moolah bribing this poor sod to teach you to knuckle ball. It’s your only hope.

    • Old Gator - Mar 21, 2011 at 3:26 PM

      Hey there! This has nothing to do with Ollie Perez – no one does, really – but I just wanted to thank you guys for the F-18s for Odyssey Dawn. We knew we could count on you – especially when you saw us use ReCaptcha to name our latest war.

      • cur68 - Mar 21, 2011 at 5:37 PM

        No problem. But in all fairness we’re doing it so as to impress Muammar’s bodyguards. HOT! Let me know if we can launch a rabid beaver against the Yankees; we got lots.

      • Old Gator - Mar 21, 2011 at 6:21 PM

        That’s fine. I just wanted to be sure you weren’t trying to impress Jodie Foster.

      • cur68 - Mar 21, 2011 at 7:50 PM

        Truth be told if Muammar’s bodyguards weren’t already on the table we’d be after Jessica Alba. Impressing Foster is so March ’81.

  9. aronmantoo - Mar 21, 2011 at 2:56 PM

    This should have been done last year when he refused to go to minors, It was a waste of a roster spot

  10. brewcrewchamps - Mar 21, 2011 at 2:56 PM

    does this mean you can stop posting a Oliver Perez article every other day?

    • Old Gator - Mar 21, 2011 at 3:27 PM

      Not at all. Do we stop writing about malaria just because it’s confined to the tropics?

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