Time To Do Something With Perez?

The Mets designated Claudio Vargas for assignment after last night disgraceful 11-0 loss to the lowly Seattle Mariners. Carlos Muniz was recalled to take his spot on the roster. I don’t think this move had much to do with his disappointing performance in last night’s game as Vargas had been pitching pretty well before that. Rather I think the Mets may finally be preparing to do something with the starting rotation.

Vargas has been primarily a starter throughout his career so it would make sense to me to send him to AAA New Orleans to make a few starts and then add him in the rotation somewhere. Maybe move Oliver Perez to the pen. Perez is a guy that everyone was hot on after his 15 wins last season. Apparently everyone has forgotten his history. The 16 wins wasn’t a positive turning point. It was an indicator to trade him before he returned to his normal, inconsistent self.

It’s time to make a move with Perez. Move him to the pen, send him to the minors for a while (like they did with Steve Trachsel several years ago) or even, dare I say, release him. He’s a prime example of a guy who is in the league based on 2 things: potential and the fact he’s a lefty. My answers to those reasons are that the potential has been mostly unrealized and that my wife is a lefty too.

I wish this wasn’t the case because I like his potential too. When he’s got it he’s really got it. But there’s a time when potential isn’t enough and you need to put up the numbers. And going into free agency this offseason you’d figure he wouldn’t need any additional motivation.

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