Oliver Perez Accepts Demotion To The Mets’ Bullpen

PORT ST. LUCIE, Fla. (AP) — Having failed to earn back a job in the starting rotation, Oliver Perez is ready to pitch out of the New York Mets’ bullpen.

“This is not about me,” Perez said Thursday, a day after manager Terry Collins informed the left-hander of the decision. “I want to help the team, and this is the best opportunity for me to help the team, by moving to the bullpen.”

Perez was 1-1 with a 9.00 ERA, five walks and a .345 opponents batting average in seven innings over two spring training starts and one relief appearance. In his last outing, he allowed his first four batters to reach.
“He was clear with me when I came the first day that he would give me the opportunity,” Perez said of Collins, the Mets new manager. “He said that if I didn’t do great I’d be moved to the bullpen. I thanked him for the opportunity to be a starter.”

Owed $12 million in the final season of a $36 million, three-year deal, Perez said he didn’t request another start or two to give the Mets a chance to reassess.

“He’s the manager. That’s the guy who has to make the decision. Sometimes we get mad … but I understand this is all about the team,” Perez said. “The other guys are pitching better than me. That’s why I’m in the bullpen.”

(Copyright 2011 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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  • robert

    That his name is still mentioned in a story about the Mets, makes me sick. I won’t spend a dime on this team while he’s on the active roster. If any Mets officials read these comments, guess what??? I’m not the only one who will stay away from Citi Field in 2011.

    • Mets Management

      yeah, we read it. You don’t want to come to Chiti Field, keep you’re @SS home. Instead of 11 fans we’ll have 10. It makes us sick that all you Mets fans do is cry about everything & anything.

      We spend money, $150 mil per year, not enough, we buy free agents, Santana, Beltran, K-Rod, Wagner, Martinez, Bay, Glavine & many more, not enough. We try to buy the World Series, not enough.

      We try to be like the Yankees, it never works, but we try, not enough. Nothing is ever enough for you crying Mets fans. You’re like a bunch of crying bitching women, nothing is ever enough.

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