Showing posts with label Oliver Perez. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Oliver Perez. Show all posts

Wednesday, January 18, 2012

Seattle Mariners Take a Chance, Sign Oliver Perez to Minor League Contract

Left-handed pitcher Oliver Perez, who won 15 games for the New York Mets in 2007 before hitting hard times, signed a minor-league contract with the Mariners on Wednesday. Perez, 30, was invited to major-league spring training.

Perez followed his breakthrough '07 season by going 10-7 in 34 starts for the Mets in 2008, earning a three-year, $36 million contract from the Mets.

But he was hampered by knee problems, eventually requiring surgery, in 2009, and went 3-4 with a 6.82 earned-run average in 14 starts. That was followed by a disastrous 2010 season, in which Perez went 0-5 with a 6.80 ERA in 17 games (seven starts).

Saturday, March 26, 2011

Mets News and Notes: Izzy, Emaus, Beato, Castiilo/Perez, Reyes

  • Jason Isringhausen told Mike Puma of The New York Post that he will not accept a minor league assignment if he does not make the Mets out of Spring Training.
  • There's a possibility Izzy would go to Extended Spring Training if his swollen elbow isn't fully healed though.

  • Rule 5 pick Brad Emaus has the Mets' second base job locked up "no matter whether they pretend there's still a competition ongoing."

  • "There is a very good possibility we will keep both our Rule 5 picks" Alderson said, in regards to Pedro Beato and Brad Emaus.

  • The GM said that Emaus' Rule 5 status was a major reason the team gave him every chance to win the second base job this spring. "If he was not a Rule 5 draftee, he wouldn’t have presented the immediacy that he does," Alderson said. "If he’s not the starting second baseman, I’m not sure how much he helps us in a bench role. At least at the outset, you’re going to give him every opportunity."

  • Fan sentiment "came into play" in Luis Castillo's release, Alderson said. The Mets "became aware about the sentiment in New York for [Castillo and Oliver Perez]....It's difficult to overcome that, so you evaluate player performance against presumption in the minds of the fans." In Perez's case, Alderson said the southpaw just didn't pitch well enough to make the roster, so the fans' thoughts were moot.

  • Alderson says if the Mets are in contention, the club will have the money available to add a player if necessary.

  • Alderson thinks his team's farm system is underrated but he says the Mets "need to be more aggressive and successful in developing players out of the draft."

  • If the Mets have a reduced payroll next season, they should still be able to re-sign Jose Reyes if they wish, given the number of contracts the team has coming off the books this winter.
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Wednesday, March 23, 2011

Oliver Perez sign with the Nationals...........

WFAN’s Jon Heyman is reporting that former Mets pitcher Oliver Perez has signed a minor league deal with the Washington Nationals.

Tuesday, Yankees GM Brian Cashman said he has no interest in the left-hander. The Yankees considered Perez, before concluding that they would be better off without him. “It’s not something that makes sense for us,” Cashman said.

Tuesday, March 22, 2011

Perez vs. Glavine

Remember when Tom Glavine gave up those 7 runs in the 1st inning on the last day of the season in 2007, costing the Mets a trip to the playoffs? I knew he was the worst pitcher alive that day.
Does Oliver Perez even compare to that? As much as he has sucked the past few seasons. Did we really expect him to blow our minds away with CY Young stuff every year then choke the last day of the season?
Would he really say something like "I'm not devastated. I'm disappointed. Devastation is for much greater things in life,"?? (Did he really just say that?!) In terms of baseball, that game was devastating. Obviously Tom Glavine had his head somewhere else. But with Perez we knew his head has always been somewhere else. But we accepted it and when he was good, we cheered and when he was horrible we booed.
As much as I couldn't bare to watch Ollie sometimes, at least he wasn't Tom Glavine.

Monday, March 21, 2011

Yanks interested in Ollie???

Here's one for the back pages and talk show hosts. The Yankees have discussed Oliver Perez as a potential cheap addition, according to Jon Heyman of (on Twitter).

However, GM Brian Cashman doesn't seem enthused about the 29-year-old left-hander.

Video: Oliver Perez talks after his release

Oliver Perez Released

Early Monday morning Terry Collins and Sandy Alderson met with Oliver Perez and told him his services were no longer needed by the NY Mets.
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.

Sunday, March 20, 2011

Meeting Monday to determine Oliver Perez's fate, will he be cut?

Terry Collins said he will meet Monday morning with Sandy Alderson to discuss the fate of Oliver Perez, with the southpaw part of that meeting at some point. It's clear Perez is not breaking camp with the Mets, so the only question is whether the team immediately releases Perez or waits a little longer. Perez allowed consecutive homers to the first two batters he faced Saturday, has an 8.38 ERA and is not a legitimate candidate in the lefty specialist race.

Collins said Monday morning was the quickest opportunity for everyone to assemble since he and the GM were at different split-squad sites Saturday and the bus left early Sunday for the road game in Jupiter.

"We're going to sit down tomorrow morning and come up with the plan we want to put in place," Collins said. "... We talked on the phone, but we want to sit down and continue the discussion. We're going to probably include Oliver in some of it."

Source: ESPN NY

Perez on shaky ground with Mets, could be on his way out soon..

According to the NY Times:

Mets may have finally reached their breaking point with the embattled left-hander Oliver Perez. A day after releasing second baseman Luis Castillo, the Mets watched in resignation Saturday as Perez struggled again.

The Mets beat the Washington Nationals, 7-4, behind five and two-thirds shutout innings from the left-hander Chris Capuano, who is close to securing a rotation spot. Perez, meanwhile, seems to be pitching his way out of a bullpen role, despite his $12 million salary.

“We have other guys in here that are working hard and doing a good job from the left side,” said the pitching coach, Dan Warthen. “He’s trying to make a left-handed job, and these other guys are doing a very good job right now.”

Wednesday, March 16, 2011

Audio: Ex Mets Pitching Coach Rick Peterson with Boomer and Carton

Former Mets' pitching coach, Rick Peterson live in studio talking about Oliver Perez and the other Met pitchers he has worked with

Alderson: Oliver Perez is a "Legitimate Left handed Relief" Candidate

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Sandy Alderson was asked about Oliver Perez and what his role can be on the team.
"In Perez' case, he is no longer competing for a starting job, but I think left-handed relief is a very legitimate possibility for him," Alderson said. "We'll see how it goes." 

Alderson said the public perception -- and distraction -- that the two players bring will be a factor, but it won't be a determining one.

"I think it is human nature," Alderson said. "There is interest in those two players among our fan base. It has received quite a bit of coverage. They are among our most debated players. We were committed in the offseason to bring them in and give them an opportunity to earn a spot on the roster."
"The perception of those two players linger. I would be foolish if I said that weren't a factor."
Perez is scheduled to pitch Friday and Saturday. It is widely expected he ultimately will be released.

Source: Adam Rubin/ ESPN NY
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Monday, March 14, 2011

Mets News and Notes: Oliver Perez, Paul DePodesta, Luis Castillo

  • Plenty of people in the Mets organization are ready to give up on Oliver Perez, but pitching coach Dan Warthen is still a believer, writes Andy Martino of the New York Daily News. Sources say that several prominent voices in the organization have been wanting to cut the left-hander for weeks, but Perez is still in camp thanks in large part to Warthen's support. Even with the backing of the pitching coach, Perez will probably be released before Opening Day as many in the front office are skeptical that Perez can recapture some of his old magic as a reliever.
  • Terry Collins and Paul DePodesta are reunited with the Mets, writes Steve Henson of Yahoo Sports. When he was the GM of the Dodgers, DePodesta pushed for Collins to become the club's next skipper after Jim Tracy. Owner Frank McCourt ultimately rejected the idea and fired DePodesta. When the 61-year-old was being considered for the Mets' managerial position, DePodesta gave a strong recommendation to his boss, Sandy Alderson.
  • The trustee in charge of recovering the money lost by the victims of the Bernie Madoff ponzi scheme plans to go after more funds associated with owners of the Mets, a source within baseball told's Adam Rubin. The trustee already is seeking $1 billion from Mets principal owner Fred Wilpon and his family.
  • Jon Heyman hears that Luis Castillo has looked better than the others in competition for the Mets second base job. Castillo's performance and the lack of a standout alternative may reduce the chances that the Mets release him.

Sunday, March 13, 2011

Perez looking good so far in the pen

Oliver Perez’s first audition as a reliever went better than his previous attempts to remain in the starting rotation. Perez retired the only batter he faced in today's 13-3 win over the St. Louis Cardinals.

“He threw strikes. That’s what we wanted him to do,” manager Terry Collins said. “He came in with energy, and I like that. We will, I’m sure, on Tuesday night, try it again.”

He threw five strikes in seven pitches and induced a pop out. He mixed in all his pitches except a change-up.

Perez lowered his arm angle to be more effective against left-handed hitters, who Perez would see as a reliever.

“All my career I’ve been throwing to lefties sidearm,” Perez said. “This year I’m going to use it more.”

I hate to tell all my readers... I told you he be on the roster, not that I want him to be...

Friday, March 11, 2011

Thursday, March 10, 2011

Ollie is Ok with Bullpen

ESPN's Adam Rubin reports that Oliver Perez has accepted Terry Collins' decision to reassign him from the starting rotation competition to the bullpen.
Perez has stated this morning that Collins was "clear with me." After Ollie was told of the move he said "Thats OK, he's the manager. I think that's the guy who has to make the decision. Sometimes we get mad. Sometimes we understand. I understand. It's all about the team. I think this is the best opportunity to help the team--to be in the bullpen."
Apparently adjusting to the bullpen would not be an issue for him. Perez states that he doesn't have a problem warming up quickly because he only throws about 10 pitches and feels ready.
"I know it's going to be a different job, but I have to get ready and learn and be ready for those situations...I feel more comfortable throwing against lefties."
Perez hopes to be a starter somewhere down the line in his career and is now working on a sidearm changeup to offset the lack of velocity he is currently experiencing. Perez has been throwing under 90 mph so far in Mets spring training camp.

Wednesday, March 09, 2011

Oliver Perez Demoted to Bullpen Race

According to Adam Rubin of Espn, Mets management have come to their senses and have demoted Oliver Perez to the competition for a bullpen spot. Sandy Alderson, Terry Collins and pitching coach Dan Warthen met yesterday and have decided to take Ollie out of the running to be a starting pitcher.
Perez surrendered 3 runs off of 4 hits and 2 walks in Tuesdays game against the Houston Astros.
An unidentified informant from the Mets organization has stated that "there are no set appearances after Perez will be released."
Looks like the Mets are packing Ollies bag full of money, $12 million to be exact, and sending him on his way.

Tuesday, March 08, 2011

Izzy might boot Perez off the roster

The Jason Isringhausen experiment continues as he faced five batters in the seventh inning. The first one hit a home run, and the fourth was hit by a pitch.

Those who evaluate Mets pitchers were quite pleased by that they had witnessed. They saw velocity; pitching coach Dan Warthen said the reliever's pitches stayed at about 90 miles per hour. They saw stuff, which hasn't been an issue. And they saw unrestricted movement by the 38-year-old right arm that has been pitching baseballs to professional hitters since 1992.

On the other hand,  Oliver Perez’s bid to earn a spot in the Mets roster looked worse on Tuesday.

The lefty surrendered four hits and three runs in three innings as New York fell to the Houston Astros 5-4 at Osceola County Stadium.

Despite the outing, Perez felt “really good,” noting an increase in velocity and more effective use of his pitch selection. “It was very important for me… after the first inning to bounce back with two scoreless innings,” Perez said.

With no role left for Perez in the pen, the Mets might release him (God Willing) and put Isringhausen on the roster especially  because of  his reliever battle tested attitude.

"We've been real pleased by what Izzy has shown us," Warthen said.

What Isringhausen demonstrated Tuesday was resilience. He pitched for the second successive afternoon, a test for any reliever of his age group.

"I felt better than I did [Monday]," Isringhausen said. And Warthen added, "His velocity was up from [Monday], too."

Sounds to me that Perez is outta hereeeeee!    Good Bye

Recap: Spring Training Game 12 - Mets vs Houston

Final Score: Houston 5, NY Mets 4

Carlos Lee hit a two-run double in the first inning and J.R. Towles homered in the

fourth, helping the Houston Astros to a 5-4 victory over the New York Mets in Grapefruit League play.

Nelson Figueroa started for Houston and allowed one run on three hits and a walk in three innings. Hunter Pence and Clint Barmes both had two hits.

Valentino Pascucci drove in two for the Mets, while Oliver Perez allowed three runs in a three-inning start. Perez gave up four hits and walked two with one strikeout.

This could very well be the last of Oliver Perez?  Thank You  Scott Boris

Box score:Click here

Monday, March 07, 2011

Mets Notes: Beltran, Perez, Izzy

  • Terry Collins said he wasn't sure whether Carlos Beltran will DH tomorrow.  Depends on how Beltran feels.
  • Whether Beltran plays or not, Collins won't be there to see it.  He's boarding the bus to Kissimmee, to see Oliver Perez. Collins framed that decision as a matter of integrity.
"When you have a conversation with a player, and you give him a program that you’re going to put down, you stand by that program,” the manager said.  “Credibility is at stake here… I don’t think it’s fair to him not having me there.  If I was trying to make a team and make a rotation and the manager wasn’t there, I would question that."
  • Jason Isringhausen will attempt to pitch Tuesday after tossing a scoreless inning in Monday’s 2-1 loss to Detroit.  The Mets have been impressed by Isringhausen’s fastball and curve ball, but consider consecutive days an important test of his health.
Collins and Dan Warthen wanted to wait longer before assigning Isringhausen to back-to-back games, but the veteran insisted.
“Might as well get it over with,” he said. “It has been a big to-do about me, going back-to-back days.  I feel like I might as well get it done."
Isringhausen reiterated that he was not willing to pitch in the minor leagues.  If he does not break camp with the team, he will leave the organization.
“I’d probably go home and rethink things. I don’t want to go to the minor leagues,” he said.

Source: Andy Martino/NY Daily News

Friday, March 04, 2011

WFAN Audio: Joe B. Talks to Ed Coleman about the Mets

Ed Coleman talks to Joe Benigno about the Oliver Perez situation, K-Rod's attitude and 2nd Base.

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