In Perez’ case, he is no longer competing for a starting job, but I think left-handed relief is a very legitimate possibility for him,” Alderson said. “We’ll see how it goes.”
Sandy Alderson on Oliver Perez
Trust me I was taken aback when I read that quote also. But let us put things in perspective here. Sandy cannot allow himself to tip his hand over here. He has to take into account that by the time from this moment until the Mets break camp, many things can happen with the bullpen. What if one of the sure thing pitchers such as D.J Carrasco were to pull up lame before the season was about to start and none of the other bullpen candidates had a acquitted themselves as the guy to assume his place ? Well I personally don’t want Ollie to be the guy to be slotted in, but I think Sandy is right not to speak about him in a negative light – that is just counterproductive.
To be a General Manager you have to straddle the line of being both a diplomat and a liar. You can give a general outline of your plan, but you never want to give specifics. There is a lot of subterfuge that goes on behind the scenes also and I don’t care if you are Frank Cashen, Theo Epstein , Omar Minaya or Lucifer himself – a general manager will never be 1000% honest because to give total disclosure is a sign of weakness.
When the Mets signed Alderson this off season we knew we were getting a man who is highly respected and has been to the big dance before. He knows his way around a major league roster, and is not afraid to eat bloated contracts that were tendered to equally bloated players by the regime before him. We may not see the post season this year or the next, but remember it took Cashen four years to straighten out the mess that was left for him when he assumed control back in 1980.
So take heart my fellow followers of the orange and blue, I am more than confinant when I say that I fully believe – as well as expect that Oliver Perez will be gone before Opening Day on April 1st. Now if I could only be this confident about Luis Castillo !!!
And with that said…. HERE COMES THE INFAMY !!!!
Mets Alumni Celebrating a birthday today includes:
Reserve catcher from’99-’04, Vance Wilson is 38 (1973).
The New York Mets signed free agent reserve outfielder, Jerry Martin of the Kansas City Royals on March 17, 1984.
The New York Mets traded pitchers, Pete Walker and Luis Arroyo to the San Diego Padres for reserve first baseman, Roberto Petagine and minor league pitcher, Scott Adair on March 17, 1996.
The New York Mets signed free agent outfielder, Timo Perez on March 17, 2000. Timo was the ultimate Cinderella story , he came out of nowhere to help the Mets make their first World Series in 14 years. Too bad he probably cost the Mets their first World Series ring when he was thrown out at the plate after thinking that Todd Zeile hit a home run.
The New York Mets released fine Irishman and Jack of All Trades, Joe McEwing on March 17, 2005.
The Cleveland Indians claimed reserve infielder, Anderson Hernandez of the New York Mets on waivers on March 17, 2010. Hernandez is the epitome of a AAAA player, he could rake against triple A pitching, but he was more miss than hit during his duration with the Mets.
And while you clelebrate St Paddy’s Day today there are three things you should remember.
First – Don’t drink and drive … You might hit a bump and spill your drink !!
Second There are just 15 Jerry Grote Days left until the Mets open the 2011 season against the Florida Marlins in Miami.
And lastly, there are only 22 days until the Mets 2011 home opener against the Washington Nationals at Citi Field.
Mo Vaughn will be the only 6’5 400lb drunken Leprechaun at the parade today !!