Monday, March 21, 2011

New York Mets Release Left-Hander Oliver Perez

The Oliver Perez era is officially over in New York after the Mets released the left-hander this morning. This came after the release of second baseman Luis Castillo who has been signed by the Philadelphia Phillies.

Perez signed a three-year $36 million extension in 2009, an extension the team quickly wished they wouldn't have signed.

The left-hander started 14 games in 2009, finishing with a 3-4 record and a 6.82 ERA. Last season wasn't much better, going winless (0-5) through seven starts and a 6.80 through 46.1 innings pitched.

With the release of Castillo and Perez, the Mets had to eat more than $18 million to get rid of both players. While one has already been picked up, it won't take long for Perez to be landed by a team that is willing to take a risk for what could be a major pitching overhaul.

There could be a pitching coach out there who can work on his mechanics and delivery, eventually finding a diamond in the rough.

With spring training wrapping up in the next few weeks, there will be teams looking for pitching both in the rotation as well as the bullpen.

Perez should find a home in no time.

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