The Mets still owe Perez $12 million, who was in the final year of his 3 year $36 million dollar contract negotiated in the Omar Minaya era.
Unlike former 2nd baseman, Luis Castillo who was released on Friday, Perez believed that he got a fair chance of making the team. Upon his release Adam Rubin of ESPN reported Perez' response to the news.
"I think they gave me an opportunity," he said. "They were fair with me when I came here. 'We're going to give you an opportunity to be a starter.' I didn't do anything great. They moved me to the bullpen trying to be a lefty specialist. And the last game, that was a real horrible job."
In his last spring training appearance on Saturday, Perez allowed 2 homers, boosting his spring training era to 8.38.