The Mets won't demote or cut Oliver Perez

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It’s one thing to make a mistake with a big contract. Just about every GM — including some good ones — have done that.  It’s another thing altogether to compound the mistake by never admitting you made it in the first place and carrying on as if everything is hunky dory. Ladies and gentlemen, I give you the New York Mets:

Two sources said Monday that the team had totally given up attempting to
convince Perez to accept a minor league assignment. “That’s done,” one
source said. “He’s not going to agree to go down” . . .

. . . For months, the team offered a flat “no” to the possibility that it
would cut Perez and swallow the remainder of a three-year, $36 million
contract awarded him before the 2009 season. Monday, sources said that
stance had not changed.

So basically Perez will only pitch in lost causes, if he even sees action then.  Which means that the Mets have effectively decided to play the remainder of the season with one less roster spot than the Phillies and the Braves.  All because Omar Minaya (or whoever is making the call) won’t admit a mistake in signing Pereze and DFA him as God and Nature intended.

Mets fans: this is why you can’t have nice things.

Kyle Schwarber is “probably, arguably” in The Best Shape of His Life

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Joe Maddon just held his annual media availability here at the Winter Meetings. During the scrum he said that Kyle Schwarber “looked great the other day” at a Cubs community event and that . . . wait for it . . . “he’s in, probably, arguably in the best shape of his life.” Maddon went on to say that, if Schwarber looks good in spring training, he might even be the Cubs leadoff hitter in 2018.

Schwarber is only 24, but the former catcher turned outfielder is going to spend most of his career as a DH, with another team obviously, unless he shows the Cubs that he can be a regular defender. The Cubs would love to see him in better shape whether they keep him or shop him, and if it’s the latter, they’ll want to show potential trade partners that he can play defense so as not to limit his market. It’s in everyone’s interests for him to be lean, mean and a bit more flexible once spring training starts.

To that end, according to a recent report, Schwarber “has been on a mission this offseason to transform his body.” And now Maddon is playing up the BSOHL angle. Whether that’s salesmanship or not, all eyes are going to be on Schwarber come February.