There’s some good news and there’s some bad news about Oliver Perez. The bad news is he’s under contract for the 2011 season. The good news is that 2011 is the last year of Ollie’s contract. 2010 is done for the not so amazin’ Mets. Hopefully 2011 will be better for the Mets. The Mets have a lot of questions next year and one big question is what will be done with Oliver Perez.
Perez after 2010 will still be owed 12 million dollars by the Mets. Oliver Perez has not won a game this season. His ERA is over 6! Ollie spent time on the DL with an “injured knee” before coming back to the bullpen. Perez has hardly worked out of the pen and rightfully so. Unfortunately while Perez sits on his backside in the pen, thinking about how he’s going to play around with his facial hair he is occupying a much needed roster spot. This cannot happen next year! Perez is not going to change, it’s time to release him, 12 million dollars or not!
I understand 12 million dollars is a lot of money, especially with owners who are in financial trouble. I don’t understand the thinking that it’s better to pay Perez to suit up, sit in the pen and take a roster spot. Perez if he has to sit in the pen again next year also hurts the strength of the pen as the manager next year will not have a complete pen to manage. Not only does releasing Ollie free up a roster spot, it does send a message to the rest of the team that the kind of play we’ve seen the last few years will not be tolerated regardless of what you’re being paid which let’s face it, this team needs a jolt like that. There are too many guys on this team, veterans and rookies alike that are too comfortable, sending Perez packing will hopefully change the mindset of some of these players and make them play harder.