Mets rule out demoting or releasing Oliver Perez

The New York Daily News reported the Mets will not ask pitcher Oliver Perez to accept a minor league assignment. Nor will it simply release the left-hander, who signed a three-year, $36 million deal prior to the 2009 season.

The team attempted to convince Perez to go to the minors earlier this season before eventually placing him on the disabled list because of a knee injury. Perez began the season in the rotation but now is among the last options in the Mets’ bullpen.

The New York Daily News reported the Mets will not ask pitcher Oliver Perez to accept a minor league assignment. Nor will it simply release the left-hander, who signed a three-year, $36 million deal prior to the 2009 season.

The team attempted to convince Perez to go to the minors earlier this season before eventually placing him on the disabled list because of a knee injury. Perez began the season in the rotation but now is among the last options in the Mets’ bullpen.

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