Mets Release Oliver Perez

NEW YORK - APRIL 26:  Oliver Perez #46 of the ...

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I’m back on board with this organization today. Many of us have been so critical of the Mets over the last four years and, in many cases, rightfully so. There aren’t many teams that would eat $18 million in contracts between Oliver Perez and Luis Castillo in three days like the Mets just did. That shows some smarts and some guts to move forward in a new direction.

I have to admit that I was okay with the Perez contract before the 2009 season. If you remember, it was between Perez and Derek Lowe, who ended up getting a 4-year/$60 million contract from the Braves. By comparison, the Perez deal was a bargain. A bargain that turned into a nightmare.

Since Perez signed the big contract in 2009 he’s gone 3-9 in 31 games with a 6.81 ERA. It was time to move on without Perez. I applaud this team for making a decision that couldn’t have been made lightly considering the money that was on the line. And I won’t even get into the Wilpon’s current financial situation.

Take a look at Perez’ final stats with the Mets.

Year Age Tm Lg W L W-L% ERA G GS GF CG SHO SV IP H R ER HR BB IBB SO HBP BK WP BF ERA+ WHIP
2006 24 NYM NL 1 3 .250 6.38 7 7 0 1 1 0 36.2 41 26 26 7 17 0 41 3 0 1 165 69 1.582
2007 25 NYM NL 15 10 .600 3.56 29 29 0 0 0 0 177.0 153 90 70 22 79 1 174 7 0 6 765 121 1.311
2008 26 NYM NL 10 7 .588 4.22 34 34 0 0 0 0 194.0 167 100 91 24 105 4 180 11 1 9 847 100 1.402
2009 27 NYM NL 3 4 .429 6.82 14 14 0 0 0 0 66.0 69 51 50 12 58 2 62 4 0 2 324 60 1.924
2010 28 NYM NL 0 5 .000 6.80 17 7 4 0 0 0 46.1 54 37 35 9 42 3 37 4 0 4 234 58 2.072
NYM (5 yrs) 29 29 .500 4.71 101 91 4 1 1 0 520.0 484 304 272 74 301 10 494 29 1 22 2335 90 1.510
Provided by Baseball-Reference.com: View Original Table
Generated 3/21/2011.
 

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