Two anonymous Mets players say they are tired of left-hander Oliver Perez’s continued struggles (0-3, 6.25 ERA, 32 walks in 26 innings) and hope the club either demotes him to Triple-A or releases him. Perez is in the second year of a three-year, $36 million contract and has the right to refuse a minor-league assignment.
Player A told the Post: “You tell him you go to Triple-A or that’s it, you are finished.”
Player B told the Post: “At some point you have to cut bait. You owe him a lot of money, but for what?”
Manager Jerry Manuel pulled Perez from the rotation two weeks ago but doesn’t have the confidence to use him in any role but mop-up duty. Perez allowed three runs in two innings his last appearance, in relief Saturday.
If the word is true that Perez refused yet another request to do a minor-league rehab stint, than have show some guts and just be rid of this malcontent. Everybody’s sick of Oliver Perez and Omar was asinine for giving him that contract. Yeah, it’s not my money, but if it’s all about putting team first than Perez is clearly not showing it and better his roster spot be filled by a Daniel Murphy (who should already be up here anyway) who can help the team. Trade him to the A.L. if you’re that worried about some N.L. team picking him up and getting nothing in return. I don’t care, just be rid of him.