Who is the lucky recipient of the nickname "The Albatross"?Today, it was announced that Jason Marquis will sign with the Washington Nationals. Marquis, a Staten Island native who said he would be a perfect fit for the back end of the Mets rotation, signed with the lowly Nationals. I know what you are thinking: "Do the Mets really NEED Jason Marquis?" The answer is yes, we need Jason Marquis. We needed John Lackey, need Matt Holliday or Jason Bay, need Orlando Hudson. And we needed Marquis.   Why, do you ask? Look at who started games for us last year. Livan Hernandez. Nelson Figueroa. Pat freaking Misch. And your telling me we don’t need Marquis to have 28 starts, 12-14 wins, and a 4.00 ERA? Another wasted opportunity for the Mets to better their club in terms of depth and overall quality, and most people will think it is because Omar Minaya blinds himself with the shiny apple every year (Johan in 2008 (which I’m not complaining at all about getting Johan, but what else did they do to improve the squad?), K-Rod last year, Bay this year), and fails to look at improving the Mets as a whole. Although this is true; the root of the Mets problems for this off-season specifically is the giant financial albatross hanging around the neck of the entire Met organization.   No, I’m not talking about Bernie Madoff. Here’s looking at you, Ollie.You guessed it!  Oliver "The Albatross" Perez!Oliver Perez is the poster child of the Mets ineptitude. He is over-priced, over-rated, (fake) injured last year, wildly inconsistent, terrible with the media, hated by fans. He is the complete opposite of what makes a New York Met. Mets are tough, gritty, smart, and intelligent; they take no prisoners, and are lunch-pail blue collar ballplayers who have no regard for their opponents. They do whatever it takes to win, and they don’t care what anyone else thinks about how they get to their goals. A New York Met is the ultimate underdog, and always is out to disprove the doubts of their critics. Ollie is nothing of this. He makes $12 million dollars a year, and is worth none of it. He needs to be babied to produce any positive results. He pouts on the mound. Argues with umpires. Loses interest in performing. Places blame on others. Fakes injuries. (Seriously, if you think his knee was hurt, I got a bridge to sell you. It’s in Brooklyn.) He is everything a Met shouldn’t be, and the fact that he was given a 3 year, $36 million dollar deal based on one LOSS that he pitched well in (2006 NLCS Game 7, thanks again, Aaron Heilman) has turned into a huge burden on the franchise. The Mets need to rebuild, but cannot spend the money they want to since 12 mil is tied up with this worthless head case diva. His contract hangs around Omar’s neck as the ultimate restrictor when the opportunity arises to improve pitching depth, eat Castillo’s contract to get O-Hud, or even have the upfront money to not have to backload a Jason Bay offer and get him signed, if Omar insists on only buying one shiny apple, as opposed to getting a bushel of quality apples that aren’t wrapped in gold. Here’s to you Oliver "The Albatross" Perez. Your presence on this team means Jason Marquis won’t be coming home, other players who can help us next year won’t be coming to City either, and I get to watch you have a 7.50 ERA and fake an injury again next year. You know what? Screw it. I won’t be watching. You don’t deserve to have me show up at the ballpark to watch you pitch. Or even turn on the TV.     On the bright side, I will get out of the house more this summer, that's always a good thing.   Oh, and I finally have a professional athlete who I can call "The Albatross".   Looks like Rime of the Ancient Mariner was worth reading in 8th grade after all.....