Mets players say team needs to cut Oliver Perez loose

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.

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.

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