Minaya: Oliver Perez Can Bounce Back

“Guys go through this, but you hope that guys bounce back…There have been guys who have bounced back. [Cubs starter Carlos Silva] bounced back. We hope that [Oliver Perez] bounces back. That’s what it boils down to.”

Omar Minaya, as quoted by Andrew Marchand from ESPN NY

Well, I wouldn’t expect Minaya to say much else about it, other than to hope some portion of his ridiculous investment pays off at some point.

I guess Perez can eventually come back, but if he does, he’s going to have to basically start from scratch, especially with his mechanics, because if he’s not going to have the mid 90s fastball with that wicked slider he once had, he is going to be HEAVILY dependent on finesse, command, and control, and that starts with his mechanics and a consistent arm slot. The question is, given he’s in his ninth big league season and he has a long and frustrating history to say the least, is it realistic to expect he can even resemble what he was in 2007 and 2008 at any point down the line?

The thing is, when Minaya signed Perez to this contract, who would have thought that today, more or less 20 months after the pact was signed, Perez would have logged just 109 innings in 28 appearances and be 3-8 with a 6.77 ERA? I mean, when he signed Perez, I thought it was the wrong move for sure, but this is NOT the pitcher Minaya signed two winters ago, and NEVER would I have even contemplated this deal going as bad as it has, as much as I thought the signing was suicidal.