Oliver Perez will not be released

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Oliver Perez headshot.JPGThat’s what Mets sources are telling Jon Heyman, anyway.  This despite the fact that he’s (a) doing nothing to help the team; and (b) is sowing dissension in the ranks as a result of his bullheaded refusal to accept a minor league assignment. Really, it’s as if he’s begging to be released, but no dice say the Mets.

Why not? Heyman suspects that it’s hard for them to get their brains around eating all of that money Perez is still owed.  Of course he’s going to be owed that wherever he is right now, so why not free up the roster spot in the process? It’s called a sunk cost, and the Mets need to get familiar with the concept if they want to get better.

The only response to that is “well, he could turn things around.”  To that I’d say that if he had any interest in even trying to turn things around he’d take the minor league assignment.
 

Report: Rangers’ deal with Seung-hwan Oh is off

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The Rangers will not sign free agent reliever Seung-hwan Oh after all. Reports from MLB.com’s TR Sullivan indicate that negotiations were brought to a halt after a physical issue was found with the pitcher. While the specifics have yet to be released, Evan Grant of the Dallas Morning News says the issue was revealed on an MRI of the right-hander’s arm.

Oh was thought to be in talks with the Rangers last week, though a deal was never officially announced by the club. The 35-year-old righty is fresh off of a two-year run with the Cardinals, during which he posted a cumulative 39 saves, 2.85 ERA, 2.1 BB/9 and 10.2 SO/9 in 139 innings. He struggled with consistency in his sophomore season, however, and finished 2017 with a disappointing 4.10 ERA and 4.44 FIP in 62 appearances for the team.

While Oh hasn’t experienced any setbacks with his arm in the majors so far, he does have a history of prior injuries during his time in KBO. He sustained a shoulder injury in 2009 and underwent surgery to remove bone spurs from his elbow in 2010. It’s possible that the Rangers saw an entirely different problem on the MRI, but clearly it was enough to give them strong reservations about inking the righty to a $2.75+ million deal. It’s still possible that another of Oh’s suitors will offer him a contract prior to Opening Day; the Giants were rumored to be interested in the veteran reliever, among other teams, though their recent acquisition of lefty reliever Tony Watson will likely take them out of the running now.