As MLB starts an investigation into the “injury” of Oliver Perez that comes at a most convenient time, I talked with an equal number of Mets and Yankee fans about what pitcher has been the most damaging to their respective team.
Carl Pavano of the Yankees, who supposedly has an MRI machine named after him in the Yankees clubhouse, or Oliver Perez of the Mets who famously broke his toe kicking a cart after a loss that landed him on the DL for two months while playing for the Pirates.
Why did this topic come up?
Interestingly enough, the Twins are in town between June 25th and 27th. This is Carl Pavano’s current team. Oliver Perez will be off the disabled list just in time for this series and, in theory, we could see a Perez/Pavano matchup. What would we call it?
History repeats itself.
In 2007, Mike Mussina and Joe Torre questioned whether Pavano actually wanted to be on the team. In December of that year, the Yankees asked Pavano to work out his problems in the minors to make room on the roster. He declined and in May of that year opted for Tommy John surgery. Of course, what Pavano wanted was to remain on the roster the entire year in order to get a share of any World Series win and season ending surgery allowed him to do that.
In 2010, neither Johan Santana nor Jerry Manuel is questioning whether Perez wants to be on the team, at least not publicly, and his teammates even defend his decision not to go down to the minors. Is Ollie trying to remain on the roster for a similar reason? Is he stalling until a decision on season ending surgery is made just to avoid the minors and continue collecting on his overblown salary?
Will the bullpen be fresh for the stretch drive this summer?
If the Mets don’t get Ollie off the roster, the answer to this question is “no”. The bullpen will be overtaxed and could cost us yet another season. This will be another rough summer if Ollie is on the roster come July and August.
Can the Mets eat this contract?
Ollie’s salary is higher than many other good pitchers out there including the likes of Cliff Lee who only makes $9 million this year as opposed to Ollie’s $12 million. This will be a tough contract to swallow but unless Ollie can prove he wants to be part of this team I think this is a contract that needs to be eaten. Time to cut our losses.
Only time will tell if Ollie becomes the most infamous pitcher in New York but my gut feeling is “Team Ollie” is trying to figure out what is their best option and season ending surgery is a possibility, whether or not the injury actually exists. I feel this is the last we may see of Oliver Perez.
What do you think? Is this the last we’ve seen of Ollie? Leave me your comments below…