Lennon writes, "As much as everyone wants to dismiss Olllie and dump him in the minors, remember this is a three-year, $36-million business investment... The Mets have to tread carefully with Perez, and not just for the short-term benefit of this season. They can't just wash their hands of him."
Added to by Matthew Cerrone:
This is a tough situation, because Perez is an emotional guy. People can psychoanalyze him all they want, but the reality is he is an unknown, and how to deal with him is an unknown.
Rick Peterson had a great impact on Perez, then he didn’t.
Dan Warthen took over, Perez was awesome and now he isn’t.
From the Mets point of view, they need to decide what is the best way to get across to him, and get him through whatever is troubling him. They can ask to send him to the minor leagues, but that can be demoralizing, but at the same time effective, though he would be under the eyes of a different set of coaches and away from the major league club, which could be good, but could also be bad.
Or, is it smarter to keep him with the big league club, so he can work directly with Warthen and Johan Santana, who is done his best to mentor Perez – in that sense, maybe the bullpen does make sense.
The point is, this isn’t as simple as, ‘Send him to the minors.’ There are contracts, egos, the Player’s Union, coaches, money, etc., involved here.
I think it’s impossible to say what the best scenario is, because I do not think we’re talking about a physical ailment, I think it’s a mental issue - and I do not know Oliver Perez, I’ve only talked with him once, so I couldn't begin to offer real advice on how to deal with his psyche.
In the end, I still believe he’ll either end up in the bullpen, with Ken Takahashi taking his start, or he’ll end up on the disabled list, while allow the team to call up a player from Triple-A.