â€œWhen you have a trip like this,â€ Minaya said, â€œyou have to sit down and assess how youâ€™re going to get it right. What needs to be done to get it right. Weâ€™re not just going to just sit back.â€
That is a quote from Omar Minaya after the (season turning) 2-9 road trip that pretty much put the front office in a tough spot going into the trade deadline. When the Mets got home, Omar Minaya offered reassurance that they will re-asses the Mets coaching situation after the home stand. The Mets just lost 14-1 against a last place team, going 3-3 over their much anticipated home stand. This is of course after the Mets did not do ANYTHING at the trade deadline.
You see, I can understand the Mets not wanting to part with prospects for a temporary piece because I think they realize that there is no “silver bullet” that will fix this team. Not to mention the prospects we DO have that are of value in a trade are either playing on the big club now or represent the few potential stars in our farm system. Prospects should serve one of two things, they should either offer cheap production at a thin position on a club or they should serve as trade pieces. Right now, we seem to only have the earlier scenario and I hope if this trade deadline has done anything, it would have been to open the Mets eyes and have them more focus on getting the BEST talent available at the draft…at any cost. If they feel uncomfortable spending that kind of cash on an unproven player(a.k.a prospect), then get a better scouting department.
However my rant today has nothing to do with the draft(we can debate that another time), my rant has to do with Oliver Perez continued employment on the Mets. This man now has only 43 innings pitched and is sporting a 6 plus ERA. Prior to today, the manager flat out said he wouldnt play him at home, although we saw just why today. Oliver Perez needed just about 50 pitches over two innings, has never topped 86 mph on any pitch and gave up 4 earned runs.
It just amazes me how the Mets cannot see what Oliver Perez is doing. With his 5th rejection to accept a minor league assignment to IMPROVE himself(or try to), Oliver Perez in this authors opinion is DARING the Mets to fire him. He is the prime example of a selfish player that is holding the Mets organization hostage at HIS will…not the other way around as it should be. What is the point of paying a player 12 million dollars if he doesn’t want to be here and has ZERO aspirations to improve himself. I dont believe there is an organization in baseball that would put up with what Oliver Perez is doing. Granted, releasing Oliver Perez is not going to turn this team around but its one hell of a good start. The Mets are playing with 24 guys instead of 25, is this the team they want the fans to keep paying to support? An organization who is more preoccupied with what a player makes than to field the best team to win? The Mets realized the difference when they switched out Mike Jacobs for Ike Davis and Chris Carter for Gary Matthews Jr, why is it so hard for them to move on from Oliver Perez to someone who can actually CONTRIBUTE to the team.
Im tired of the Mets putting the team in the middle of their ridiculous politics. THE TEAM IS SUFFERING WITH EVERY DAY OLIVER PEREZ IS STILL HERE! You are sending the wrong message not only to the fans but to the players on the team. The contractual obligations to a player is more important than winning ballgames. Now I have never been much of a Jerry supporter but I will respect him for at least trying to make a point to the front office. If the continued employment of Oliver Perez and the non moves at the deadline is part of some passive aggressive way to get Jerry Manuel fired then please do us and him a favor…just fire the guy. Stop acting like high schoolers trying to run a professional organization. There is a reason you should be worried about ticket sales. The fans are not oblivious to whats going on and have had enough.
We cannot go back in time to right the wrongs of the last few years. I would say the Mets have had the worst stretch of 4 years that any organization in sports have had to go through given our market. It is clear that a change is needed and while they may not be so inclined to fire their manager, they should at the very least start with Oliver Perez. Send a message that you are trying to get back on track because the only message you are sending all of baseball is this organization cannot be taken seriously. If Oliver Perez somehow reinvents himself in another organization, so be it. That may just mean he needed a change of scenery as so many players have needed in the past to find success. Oliver Perez has had chance after chance to prove he has changed and each time he has failed to convince anybody. I should rephrase, anybody but the Mets organization. So again I ask…after going 5-12 since the all star break with a huge series against the Braves and Phillies, are you going to stay pat? Or are you going to wait until we are completely out of any race to do a move that should have been done along time ago? You want to know what your fans are thinking…just re-read this post, theres the “pulse” of the fans.