What to do with Oliver Perez? After Perez’s latest implosion last night in Florida, it has become even more apparent the Mets need to do something about their flammable left hander, who with each passsing start shows all that hard work this winter is going by the boards.
The first option is to leave him in the rotation for awhile, but Jerry Manuel made that decision last night in the hope Perez would respond to the warmer weather in Florida. But, Perez’s fastball is down by at least four mph., and it seems he can’t find homeplate with a GPS.
There was nothing last night to indicate any progress. Come to think about, four home runs is worse than seven walks.
The bullpen is a poor option because Perez won’t get enough real work to correct his mechanical and mental problems. Any game he enters would be akin to waiving a white flag.
And, you know the Mets aren’t going to eat the $20 million balance of his contract, so an outright release won’t happen either.
OK … to me the only real solution is to send him to the minor leagues to let him work out his problems, that is, if he can.
The Mets, sad to say, have been pushed into a corner where they are trying to salvage what’s left of Perez’s career.