May 31st 2010 20:50
Manager Jerry Manuel was questioned before last night’s game and asked what kind of situation would have to arise in order to put Ollie in a game. He alluded to the fact that it would have to be an extra innings game; perhaps in a setup role for a position player.
1) Ollie accepts a demotion to AAA in order to help salvage a floundering career.
2) The Wilpons, along with upper management, screw their heads on straight and swallow 20million dollars by giving Perez his outright release.
The first option would seem like the most acceptable; except to Ollie and his agent Scott Boras. They feel a demotion would hurt his career. Apparently neither one of them has taken a hard look at his stats and figured out that might be whats hurting his career. Perez is 0-3 with a 6.25 ERA in seven starts this year. In his three appearances since being banished to the bullpen, Ollie is posting an impressive ERA in the low double digits.
The second option scares the pants off of the Wilpons and the rest of the Mets organization. If Ollie is released than he will be owed 20 million American dollars. This would be a terrible onus to carry since the Wilpons are trying very hard not to show the fans that they were financially impacted by the Bernie Madoff scandal. However, from a baseball perspective, it would be hard to let a young, once promising, left hander go; for fear that he may flourish with another team in a different city. Either way, Perez is not going to flourish in Flushing.
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