Perez: Gave a definable image of himself last night.
Let me get this straight. Oliver Perez,
an underachieving pitcher throughout his career, is a free agent after this season and is seeking a payday reportedly of $15 million a year times five. That’s $75 million. Actually, I wouldn’t be surprised if he comes out wanting more.
At his age, agent Scott Boras is likely to set the bar higher.
If I’m the Mets after last night, I tell him to take a hike.
Seriously, I don’t want Perez anymore. He’s been the “Bad Ollie,” the last month when the Mets needed him most. My feeling right now is it doesn’t matter who is the pitching coach, that Perez will always be like this.
Last night was one of eight games in which he walked five or more batters. That’s roughly 25 percent of his starts. If the Mets don’t make the playoffs, last night was Perez’s last start of the season for the Mets, and probably his last with the franchise.
It was fitting how he pitched, because last night is how he’ll be remembered.