In fact, there is a chance the team will release Perez, barely two years after they signed him to a three-year, $36 million deal.
"There is no way he is starting for this team," a person familiar with the Mets told the Daily News.
That comment came after Perez pitched two scoreless innings against the Cardinals with many club executives watching from the stands.
Manager Terry Collins was generally supportive of Perez after his performance against the Cardinals.
"What he did today was what we were hoping he would do, and that's go after hitters and throw the ball in the strike zone," Collins said. "By doing so, he made some pitches and got outs. I wouldn't say his job (was on the line), but we certainly were going to revisit the . . . if he would have had a tough day, I probably would have thought about the situation we talked about when we came in here, that situational lefty."
But there is no guarantee that there is a situational lefty role for Perez, either. His fastball has regularly been clocked in the mid-80s this spring.Collins told ESPN New York, “Is it going to be hard for him? Probably. He’s going to have to move the ball around the strike zone. When he gets 3-2, sometimes he might have to pitch a little ‘backwards."
For now, Perez is still with the team. For how long remains unclear.