Tag:Oliver Perez
Posted on: January 14, 2009 6:40 am

Omar plays with market, it plays him

Now that we have lost out on Derek Lowe to the Braves, Omar has to step things up and bring in Oliver Perez.

While I like Ben Sheets and Randy Wolf, I have always wanted them brought in as possible back of the rotation starters due to their injury risk. Omar really dropped the ball by waiting for the market to expand on Lowe and now we have no choice but to sign Perez to be our 3rd/4th starter.

If Omar would have just been more aggresive from the start with Lowe (I am not saying he should have gave in to the 4th year but maybe offer more money than the rumored 3/$36 million dollar offer and an option for the 4th), Lowe would probably be ours now. Instead, we continue to read now about fallback option after fallback option.

I won't debate the positives and negatives of Perez. We've been doing that all season. The only fact that remians at this point is that regardless of what my ulcer may go through with Perez on the mound at any given time, he is the healthiest and best option still available. Omar cannot wait until this market expands as he did for Lowe. Teams like the Dodgers have pitching needs as well and the money to spend. Get a move on now Omar.  

Posted on: January 8, 2009 7:29 am

Mets have got to move faster

Now that it appears the Red Sox are on the verge of adding John Smoltz (along with Rocco Baldelli, whom I would have loved to have seen in a Mets uniform), I have to wonder whether this is going to affect our trying to sign Derek Lowe.

The Braves definately have the money to add starting pitching (they have tried all winter to trade for Jake Peavy and we're in on the bidding of $80 mil to A.J. Burnett) and now that it appears that John Smoltz is ready to jump ship, I just cannot see the Braves going with a rotation that features Jair Jurrjens, Javier Vasquez,  Jorge Campillo, Charlie Morton and Jo-Jo Reyes, with Tim Hudson out until likely late in the summer. Tom Glavine is also unlikely to return even more so now that Smoltz is gone.

The Mets really need to hurry up and lock up another starting pitcher whether it be Lowe, Oliver Perez, Randy Wolf, whomever and quick because Atlanta could easily swoop in and take 2 of the guys we are currently looking at. 

Posted on: November 28, 2008 2:46 am

If I We're The Mets GM

OK, if I we're the Mets GM, here are some of the ways that I would have approached this offseason (this is really rather long but I had to put all my thoughts in):

1. I would have signed Jeremy Affeldt to his 2 year $4 million dollar deal on the 1st day of free agency. I love the length of that contract and I'm sure he would have rather pitched for a winner than the Giants.

2. I would have followed that move with similar offers of between 3-4 million a year to Joe Beimel AND Jaun Cruz. I wouldnt have wasted any time and would have just locked them up quick. All 3 of those guys.

3. Next I would have worked my tail off immediately to get a deal done for either J.J. Putz or Houston Street (with Street being my preferred choice). Seeing what transpired lately between the Rockies and the Mets on the rumor front, something could definately be done there with Aaron Heliman and someone else in a package. Considering what I have just added to the bullpen, I would not have "balked" like Omar did if in the end I would up giving up Pedro Feliciano as wll with Aaron. In any case, adding Street and subtracting Heilman would be accomplished in some form of a deal.

*Lets breakdown what I have done so far:

A: I have drastically improved a completely faltering bullpen with probably the 3 best middle relievers available and I obtained a closer that wont cost the team a ridiculous amount of money. All told, adding these 4 guys would cost the Mets a total $14-16 million depending on Streets arbitration and taking away Heilman's and possibly Feliciano's salaries.

B: I have managed to not only accomplish the revamping of the bullpen, I did it with what most are suspecting Francisco Rodriguez is going to cost all by his lonesome. I can now move on to addressing the starting rotation knowing full well that I still have about $20 million to spend without going over last years budget.

4. I am now looking at my starting rotation and 1st have to let you know what I am doing with Oliver Perez and Pedro Martinez. Oliver Perez will get a handshake and a thank you but then would be shown the door. You gave us some decent moments but for the most part, I've got a bleeding ulcer with your name on it and just can't take it anymore.

Same would go for Pedro. I appreciate the fact that you've been such a great cheer leader over the last 3 years in the dugout but I would have rather enjoyed it more had we been cheering for you on the mound. Your bank account has not suffered for it and if you would like a coaching job...we have your resume and would be very interested.

5. Now that Pedro and Ollie are gone, I make my #1 priority Derek Lowe. 1st offer of 3 years at $13 million which could go as high as $16 million with another year possible. I know that with him I am getting consistancy, innings, and someone that knows how to win. Somehow or another, I find a way to get him added. I know he is no spring chicken but its not like Im bringing Randy Johnson on board.

My staff right now looks like this:

Johan Santana, Derek Lowe, John Maine, Mike Pelfrey as my front 4. I can now either go with either Jonathon Niese or Bobby Parnell as my 5th starter OR I will try, depending upon what is left in my wallet after getting Derel Lowe, to sign another starting pitcher on the cheap (say Randy Wolf if he could be had for around 6-7 million) or through a trade (say Edwin Jackson from Tampa). In any case, I would feel just fine going into the season Nise and Parnell fighting it out for the 5th slot knowing that my first 4 are looking the way they do.

These moves have pretty much maxed me out on my off season budget but I would have been happy. I redid my bullpen and added another front line starter. I still have areas that I am not happy with and would still look to tinker around with in deals (dumping Scott Schoeneweis and Luis Castillo would be nice) but if I couldnt accomplish either then I would just truck ahead as is.

IF by some chance I could move the both of them and actually have a few nickles to spend afterward (with some more cash having to be approved by ownership) I would look to add Orlando Hudson and if not him I would take a shot at Felipe Lopez (who could probably be had cheaper).

If I was stuck with Castillo at 2nd then I would focus on possibly adding a left fielder. I am not enamored by going after what will be left after Manny Ramirez and Pat Burrell are gone (not that I like Burrell at all) but I would really like to add Rocco Baldelli and shift him to LF.

I know he has the mitochondrial disorder (and those that know me know that I am a nurse so its not like I dont know what he can and cannot handle) but he could play most of the time and if he needed a day off, then you throw Daniel Murphy in there (who would be playing close to all the time in my clubhouse regardless of whether we kept Castillo- he would either play 2nd or LF). Adding Baldelli wouldnt cost me as much as say Raul Ibanez or any of the other options still left out there and could really pay off big.

I know this was rather long and appreciate anyone that took the time to read it all. It isn't easy coming up with this stuff when you do actually take the time to consider the money available to the GM and what is actually realistic. I am sure that alot of you out there will have even better ideas that will change my mind in certain areas but this is what I would have done if I we're the GM.

Posted on: April 17, 2008 10:55 am
Edited on: April 17, 2008 12:34 pm

Fantasy Baseball Blues

I hungered. I waited. Sat by the calender just begging for opening day. Gotta remember to be careful what I wish for. One of my leagues is a rather large 16 team, head to head salary cap keeper league with a unique scoring system that has been running for years. You can carry 7 bench guys and 7 minor leaguers. Before the season started I felt rather confident. 



Anchored with a staff that included CC Sabathia, Josh Beckett,  and Oliver Perez. I figured I was safe having a collection of Randy Johnson, Pedro Martinez, Orlando Hernandez, Randy Wolf, John Danks, and Braden Looper for my 4th SP slot. Allowed 2 RP's. Mine are: Billy Wagner and Takashi Saito.

While this collection isn't exactly awe inspiring, I figured (like most people would) that since I only have to start 4 guys that having, CC, Josh, and Oli as my top 3 was a great start and that I had enough with the others for that 4th slot. We're into week 3 right now and lets just say I have had to keep sharp objects at a distance. Sabathia has been just dreadful. Beckett started on the DL along with Randy Johnson who was shortly followed by Pedro Martinez. I went from confidence to sheer terror. My relief was the one area I figured I wouldn't have to tool with all season. Through 2.5 weeks, Billy Wagner got his first save opportunity (and save) last night and Saito has only been good for 1 save (and a win).



I figured at the early part of week one that my bats would come to my rescue. They included: Geovany Soto, Carlos Delgado, Kelly Johnson, Michael Young, Garrett Atkins, Alfonso Soriano, Ichiro Suzuki, Andre Ethier, Richie Sexson, Angel Pagan, Jeff Keppinger, and Ryan Ludwick.

Needless to say, I dont think I need to go into the heartburn express my digestive track has gone through. Alfonso Soriano has been sickening. Ichiro got off to a very slow start. Delgado has been just OK but hasn't been [roducing anything (you can add Sexson to that same tag). The couple of bright spots on my roster have been sitting on my bench in faovr of others (who would bench Soriano over Ethier coming into the season? and I have no place to put Keppinger).



I have started the season on an 0-8 tear (we play 4 head to head matchups a week) and am looking at going into next week with an outfield that includes 2 backups (I have to flip a coin over Ludwick or Pagan for right field and Ethier is gonna have to man LF for Soriano's disabled butt). A slumpin Michael Young and the rest of my half asleep roster. Do I start the extremely horrible CC for the 2 starts next week? Hows about Beckett? The way this week is stacking up, I might be looking at going 2-2 if Im lucky which would put me at 2-10 on the season. There is absolutely nothing even halfway decent available on the free agent/waiver wire market (due to extremely knowledgable owners and 16 teams). My team has been a contender every year I've been in the league but nothing looks good on the horizon and I am stuck in the fantasy baseball blues.

Posted on: April 14, 2008 9:23 am

Rangers Drop One/Mets Disappoint

Rangers let one slip by last night as the Devils won it in overtime. Not at all concerned though as I've been saying all along, Rangers win in 5. As with the 1 victory the devils managed to pull out this season against us, it didn't happen in regulation time and the Rangers will bounce back quickly

As for the Mets well, it was not a good weekend at all. No win from Johan on Saturday and while Oliver Perez pitched like garbage yesterday, the Mets failed to capatilize. Repeatedly leaving men on base in scoring position was the theme of the day. More and more as I watch this team I keep asking myself, "When will the 2008 Mets show up?". All we have seen so far is the September 2007 version of the Mets. Playing with no life and making the simple goof play. Angel Pagan continues to rake but with the losses piling up it isn't going to matter unless this team can turn things around. We've got the Nationals for 3 coming up this week so that would seem to be a good place to start. Paul LoDuca continues to have diarrhea of the mouth so it could make for an interesting series but this is definately one that the Mets should take.

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