Monday, May 31, 2010
OP Refuses Assignment To Minors; Teammates Angered
The Mets asked Oliver Perez to accept an assignment to AAA Buffalo, which he promptly refused.
Jerry Manuel, when asked after the game how Perez would be used, was hard-pressed for an answer. Manuel did stutter and stammer when he said, “That’s really a tough question. [Maybe] extra innings or something like that, but it’s going to be tough to find spots for him.”
Although un-named, two Mets players are tired of Perez and his antics, and are hinting that he isn't wanted on the team.
As Mike Puma writes in the NY Post, one player responded to Manuel's statement on when to use Perez, “What, we need another 20-inning game and then use him after we’ve used all our pitchers and if a position player’s sinker isn’t biting?”
Still quoting an "un-named" player, “You tell him you go to Triple-A or that’s it, you are finished."
Perez is still owed approximately $20M for the remainder of this year and next. Knowing this, a player still said, “At some point you have to cut bait. You owe him a lot of money, but for what?”