According to Metsblog, the Mets “officially” asked Oliver Perez to accept a minor league assignment and Oliver refused. However there have been rumors that the front office has been asking Oliver for some time now but he has always refused, stating “I want to stay up here”. Mike Puma from the New York Post quotes two unnamed Mets players, one saying “You tell him you go to Triple-A or thatâ€™s it, you are finished,â€ and the other saying “At some point you have to cut bait….You owe him a lot of money, but for what?â€
Ok now that the news is out of the way, Im seriously at the end of my rope with this kid. How selfish can you really be? People talk all the time about how players are selfish about money or are not hustling because they dont want to injure themselves but I would like to submit to you Olivers case of selfishness. He will NOT accept an opportunity to see if he can figure some stuff out and would like to continue to leave his team short handed. What do you mean by shorthanded, well…the last time Oliver Perez saw action before Saturday was the WEEK BEFORE where he pitched .1 of an inning….POINT 1! After a week of sitting in the bullpen, Jerry Manuel decides to use him in a piggy back start after Fernando Nieve. Fernando got shelled and what does Oliver Perez do after a week of just sitting in the bullpen where one would imagine at the very least he would be throwing bullpen sessions or working on mechanical issues…Oliver Perez comes in the game and lets up 3 earned runs in 2 innings including a home run, not to mention he used 38 PITCHES TO DO SO!!! I dont know if its Scott Boras who is talking in Ollies ear to refuse the assignment to help his trade value(if there is any) or a misplace sense of pride and stubbornness but here is something for Ollie that ends some speculation in the dugout….YOUR OWN TEAMMATES WANT YOU GONE! Man wheres Billy Wagner when you need em…
â€œPerez has honestly got to step up and know that weâ€™ve just used every guy in our bullpen the night before,â€ Wagner said to the Associated Press. â€œHe canâ€™t come out there and decide that, â€˜Gee, he hasnâ€™t got it today and so be it.â€™ â€
A reported then asked Wagner if talking to Perez was like talking to a wall. Wagnerâ€™s response? â€œPretty much.â€
Granted im sure they want Oliver Perez to succeed but even they realize the only way he could do soÂ is by going to a place where he can take his time and figure stuff out. I know several defenders of Ollie(the few of you that are out there) think the Mets are giving up on Ollie too quickly or he does not merrit a straight release or that Oliver Perez cannot control when he is being used. I offer to you 2 things..
1) The Mets may not even know HOW to fix whatever is wrong with Oliver Perez
2) Can you blame Manuel for not going to Perez with his job on the line
Now, realistically I doubt Oliver will be released but right now he is holding the Mets hostage. Ollie has 24 million dollars of Mets cash and with every decline to accept an assignment, he is spitting in the face of everyone on the Mets who ever gave 2 s**ts about him. I really dont think there would be any negative PR at this point if they released him as it wouldnt take too much to justify that move at all but I think the Mets need to take the ball in their hands and TRADE HIM. The Angels paid 21 million dollars to GET RID of a player and he is sitting on our bench. Now the previous argument against this as it applys to Ollie was the “what are the Mets options”. Well, we now have R.A. Dickey, Hisanori Takahashi and Raul Valdez who could fill in for Ollie or the Mets can get something in return for the trade.
The bottom line here is the Mets cannot afford to put themselves in a position to LOSE GAMES. We all have seen what can happen in a matter of a week in this division. Right now, it is obvious that Oliver Perez REFUSES to HELP HIMSELF and HELP THE TEAM by pissing away his best opportunity to right his ship. This is where all the critisisms of this organization come from. This would be a time where any team would have cut their losses and either released Perez or trade him for a bag of balls. I dont know why this front office is so afraid of admitting to a mistake and DO SOMETHING about it. Its very clear that Oliver Perez is not your best option to win a game. The Mets are in a rare position where not only do the fans want him gone, the players do and im sure several within the organization want him gone too. So my question is whats the hold up? Hell we can hold a collection and im sure we would rasie enough money to buy out Oliver Perez if thats the issue but there is NO BAD PR for getting rid of a player like Oliver Perez at this point.
Any job in the real world would have given a guy like Ollie the pink slip already, I dont see why there should be any difference with the Mets. Playing professional baseball is not a right but a privilege that most people will NEVER experience. Oliver Perez has the talent and stuff to be a successful baseball player and im sure thats what Omar Minaya thought when he gave Ollie 36 million dollars. It seems Oliver is showing his true face now, sort of like when you first move in with your girlfriend or boyfriend. Its all nice in the beginning but wait about 6 months and the nails start to come out…unfortunately, we didnt have 6 months to enjoy…we had less….