It’s a question you don’t really think about until something or someone reminds you. Like when you see your ex-girlfriend’s best friend on line at the Gap. You can’t escape the situation (as you’ve been putting off buying new boxer briefs for months), so you ask, “How’s Sally doing?”. The “Sally” in this instance is Oliver Perez. And the answer is, “Quite well since you guys broke-up.”
On March 21, 2011, Sandy Alderson released Oliver Perez from his contract. Perez was in the final season of his much-maligned three-year, $36 million deal. Despite his $12 million price-tag, Alderson showed Perez the door, and us Mets fans never looked back. Until right now.
No one really cared much that the Washington Nationals took a flier on Perez. In fact, Alderson was praised for making the move past General Managers would never have made. The Nats assigned the control-ridden pitcher to Double-A in the hopes he could rediscover himself. So far, the low-risk signing has paid off. Perez has posted a magical 2.22 ERA, 1.02 WHIP, and 7.00 K/BB in 24.3 innings (spanning five starts). More importantly, the southpaw also owns a Greg Maddux-esq 1.1 BB/9–Perez’s lowest in his career (Minors or Majors).
With Livan Hernandez, John Lannan, Jason Marquis, Jordan Zimmermann, and Tom Gorzelanny all pitching well in the Majors, there’s little reason to rush Oliver Perez. It’s fair to assume the Nationals plan to promote Ollie to Triple-A soon, but barring a trade at the Major League level, the former loved/hated Met appears to be Minor League fodder at this point. In the event Perez somehow makes his way back to the show with the Nationals–and actually looks competent–expect Mets fans to blame Alderson for “prematurely dumping” the pitcher.