News: Oliver Perez Refuses Rehab Assignment, Again

According to SNY’s Kevin Burkhardt, the Mets front office has made repeated attempts to convince Oliver Perez and his agent, Scott Boras, that he go to Port St. Lucie to work and then go on a brief rehab assignment, but Perez has refused each time.

In response to finding spots for Perez now, Jerry Manuel told Burkhardt:

“Thats really a tough question…right now, it would probably have to be something similar to [Saturday], or extra innings…something like that…it’s going to be tough to find spots for him.”

…i think this is unbelievable…i mean, is this what this guy’s all about…i don’t understand, as a professional, why he wouldn’t do what’s best for himself, the team, and the organization, and try and get his career back on track…he’s a mess from head to toe, and not only am i sick of the ineffectiveness, but i’m sick of the bullheadedness with this guy…i would think, if the Mets just wanted to get rid of him, they would just DFA him and that would be the end of it, but the organization is clearly committed to him being a part of the solution at some point, but his stubbornness, and his agent, are getting in the way of his success and the team’s success, which, i’m sure, is NOT what the Mets signed up for when they locked him into this contract…

…i don’t think there is a single person, fan, employee or otherwise, who has wished nothing but the best for Perez, because his best makes him a winning player…i don’t think there is anyone who would be ashamed of him if he just acknowledged his problems and took the necessary steps to fix them, which is to get some instruction and some advice away from the big league club and away from the media…

…at one point, he was on track to become what he was supposed to become, and had a couple of very good seasons with the Mets, and i think that physical talent is still there somewhere to be what he was, but this behavior tells me, as a longtime fan, he isn’t interested in succeeding and he doesn’t have the best of intentions, and so, i’m not interested in him, in any way, any longer…

In a report in today’s New York Post, Mike Puma spoke with Perez about the potential of a rehab assignment, and he told Puma “I want to stay here.”

However, Puma also spoke to several of Perez’s teammates, and one unnamed player said: “You tell him you go to Triple-A or that’s it, you are finished…” while another said “At some point you have to cut bait…you owe him a lot of money, but for what?”

…based on these remarks, this situation is clearly not doing the team any good, which speaks to the point i made above about not doing what’s best for the organization…these remarks tell me even his teammates are sick of the game he’s playing and they want him to get his act together elsewhere, which would be the right move…