Yankees’ Cashman: ‘No Interest’ In Ex-Met Perez

NEW YORK (WFAN/AP) — The Mets wanted Oliver Perez gone so badly, they’re paying him $12 million dollars not to pitch at Citi Field.

How would he fare at Yankee Stadium?

WFAN and SI’s Jon Heyman first reported the Yankees’ internal discussions on signing Perez as a cheap option. However, according to GM Brian Cashman, New York will pass on the erratic lefty.

“Randy Levine asked me to look into it,” Cashman said on Tuesday. “I have no interest.”


On Monday, the Mets chose to absorb the remaining salary on Perez’s $36 million, three-year contract rather than keep a pitcher who has been ineffective in trying to make the team as a reliever.

“I think it was additional evidence that from his standpoint the velocity was not there, the command was not there,” Mets general manager Sandy Alderson said, referring to Saturday’s outing. “It wasn’t going to work in a starting role. It didn’t appear as if it were going to work in a relief role, at least any time soon. We are getting down toward the end of spring training so we felt it was time to make a decision.”

Perez’s release came three days after the team cut second baseman Luis Castillo, who was signed Monday by the rival Philadelphia Phillies.

“When they told me, I almost knew they were going to tell me,” Perez said. “It’s one of those times I don’t feel great, but I’m not going to quit. I think I’ve got more (to my) career, and I’m going to hope (for) the best.”

The pitcher’s effectiveness slowly diminished after a 15-win 2007 season, and his velocity has been down since undergoing right knee surgery in 2009. Perez was 1-6 in seven starts to begin last season before being moved to the bullpen. He went on the disabled list with patella tendinitis in his right knee on June 5 and made just six appearances the rest of the season.

Yankees fans: How about giving Perez a shot in pinstripes? Sound off in the comments below…

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  • Hector

    why is this even talked about. The Yankees will not add a guy who could not even make the Mets pitching staff, who need pitchers, and have him take up a spot on the roster. Yankees are not that desperate for pitching and if they needed pitching they would bring up one of the kids from the minors. Let’s be real here.

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  • dp

    He is just another bad signing by the old NY Mets regime..it’s best that they cut him…..he would have been a huge distraction. I hope the Yanks dont sign him…

    I hope they unload Beltran….he is also part of the NY Met problem.

  • yanksfan

    The Yankees have the highest payroll in baseball:


    Surely they can come up with a better pitcher than Perez!!!!

  • Alan

    The only strpes ollie should be wearing are prison stripes, because of the money he stole from the Mets.

  • Robbie of NJ

    It’s already a big concern that the Yankees have to rely on re-treads like Colon or Garcia to fill out a rotation. Now Ollie!! Give me a break. The truth is that Cashman needs to react more forcefully to Andy Pettite’s retirement. Maybe he’s waiting for mid-season? I’m surprised there was no better plan in place.

    • Vinnie from the Bronx

      are you aware that there are no pitchers available & if there is, can you tell us who? Don’t give me Felix because Seattle already said no.

      Also Einstein, say there was a pitcher out there, how much would it cost the Yankees in players, Betances, Banuelos, Montero, maybe Cano, because those are the players other teams will want in return.

      You make it seem like it’s so easy. Keep your day job, the truth is, you really suck at this.

  • Kurt Spitzner

    ollie has PLENTY of “attitude” but the problem has always been that it is all bad,but if the yankees think they can catch lightning in a bottle,so be it,but the writing is on the wall with this underachiever!

  • Joe

    You have got to be kidding. This guy is a minor leaguer in every respect. It would send a bad signal about the state of the Yankees pitcjing if this guy is signed.

  • Maureen

    Sometimes putting on the pinstripes can change a player’s entire demeanor…It will give “Olly” a new attitude…Go for it…

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