This has to be a joke. No way the Mets are seriously considering this. They are paying way too much money. He’s a three-year, $36 million bust. Did anybody else see this coming?
The NY Daily News is reporting that Jerry Manuel indicated Oliver Perez will be placed in the bulpen when he returns from the disabled list within one week’s time.
Many thought that maybe he would be better in the ‘pen for now until he gets his act together. Personally, I would rather see him in the minors.
The writer continued to say that Fernando Nieve, since he has pitched so well in his two starts, will more than likely remain with the New York Mets and John Maine will replace Tim Redding. Maine could return after his first start today with the Port St. Lucie team.
The New York Post is reporting Tim Redding could also be placed in the bullpen.
All that money for a reliever. No words can describe what I am thinking. I am trying to think of it this way. It could help Perez. At this point, if he wants to pitch in the rotation, he needs to earn that role. He has not. Perez has been a disaster.
We can talk about his injured knee. Big deal! He’s been problematic for too long. Maybe this will help to straighten him out. How would you like to be demoted to the bullpen when you know that you can be pitching in the starting rotation alongside Johan Santana?
Both Maine and Perez will be making rehab starts today in Port St. Lucie and may rejoin the major league club next week.