Oliver Perez (P)
7/31: After acquiring Oliver Perez from the Pirates, the Mets have already dealt the lefty to the Padres in exchange for Scott Linebrink, according to ESPN. Despite his struggles this year, Perez would slide into the back of the Padres rotation at some point.
Oliver Perez (P) 7/31: After acquiring Oliver Perez from the Pirates, the Mets have already dealt the lefty to the Padres in exchange for Scott Linebrink, according to ESPN. Despite his struggles this year, Perez would slide into the back of the Padres rotation at some point.
I think the deal went through
Yeah, there's still no confirmation and tons of conflicting reports. I'd certainly be happy if we got Linebrink, but I'd like some sort of affirmation so I know who to root for...
If Minaya flipped Nady, who is more or less easily replaceble, for a top-flight ste-up guy and another decent set-up guy, he deserves a big pat on the back.
As for Perez, sure he has potential, but the fact the Pirates gave up for a song should speak volumes. They obviously don't think is woes are easily correctable, and who knows if anyone will have better luck.
If the Pirates could have gotten Linebrink-type talent for Ollie Hernandez, why on EARTH would they have moved him for Xavier Nady? (Which isn't even to mention Roberto Hernandez)
Seriously, is Littlefield really that dumb? I mean, I'm going to be VERY irrate if the Braves could have flipped a replacement-level OF for a quality guy like Linebrink (and some change even!) and failed to do so.
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I would have been real happy if the Mets could have spun Perez into Linebrink since that takes care of an immediate need. Although for the long haul getting Perez for next to nothing is a pretty good deal.
The main concern with Perez has been the loss of velocity on his fastball. There were those saying that the loss happened because Perez took something off his fastball to get his control issues straightened out. The other half speculated that his arm could be injured.
Well the Mets medical team cleared Perez so barring a severe blunder on their part, the Mets got a LHP with Cy Young abilities that has mechanics issues. Maybe the Horse Whisperer can't fix him, maybe no one can, but for the price the Mets paid I'd take that gamble any day.
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Well I'd say that the deal for Linebrink will never see the light of day. I think it would have been finalized by now.
Obviously trading Nady for bullpen help and Ollie's potential isn't too bad, but I think Omar dropped the ball if he declined a deal for Oswalt or Schmidt and opted to keep Milledge. Obviously, only time will tell, and if that was even an option can only be speculated. But all things considered, I think this was a deadline for the Mets. I still think they are one top of the rotation SP away from being a viable contender for the crown.
George_Foreman wrote:Seriously, is Littlefield really that dumb?
In a word...yes. He's exactly what our owners want, though...an idiot that keeps the team mediocre but can still get millions of fans to come to games each year.
He is unwilling to move players that have value to get value at other positions. He would rather just sell off what the team can't keep and get nothing in return...and then refill the holes with more garbage the next year. Annoying and appalling.
If Perez can get 8 MPH back on his fast ball, good for them...I doubt it though. Hernandez was a good pickup. I don't see how the Mets lose the NL this year.
Pirates get Nady, a player just about as good as Craig Wilson but have "locked up" for three more years. Whoopie.
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