On July 31, 2006, the New York Mets traded Xavier Nady to the Pittsburgh Pirates – in return they got Roberto Hernandez and Oliver Perez.
At first, Perez was a welcome surprise for the Mets. He was essentially a throw-in in the Nady deal and went 15-10 with a 3.56 ERA in his first full season with the club. 2008 saw Perez go 10-7 with a 4.22 ERA – not as good as his first season, but certainly serviceable.
Former General Manager Omar Minaya gave Oliver Perez a 3 year, $36 million contract when he became a free agent. The signing was based on his performance in his previous two seasons as a Met.
While it seemed alright at the time, this signing has become a horrendous move. Since the time of the move, Perez has gone 3-9 with a 6.81 ERA. He was removed from the rotation last year and cast to the bullpen. Perez has made just 21 starts in the last 2 seasons since signing his big contract.
The big question is: why is Ollie still a Met? The Mets just cut Luis Castillo because he was useless, and now it is time that they do the same with Oliver Perez. People have said that the Mets are holding out on buying him out because they are looking to trade him, telling teams that a change of scenery could help him out and bring him back to the days of 2007 and 2008 when he was decent.
Perez is another cancer in the locker room. Players on the roster hate him, and have come out on several occasions to publicly bash him. Last season Perez refused to go to the minor leagues, and this caused a major uproar in the clubhouse. If Perez was cut then there would likely be a huge party thrown in the Mets’ locker room.
When will the Mets cut ties with Perez? It should be soon, and it is expected to be before the season begins. Take the $12 million hit, you would be giving it to him to corrupt the minds of your minor league prospects otherwise.
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