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.