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.

Braves ink Blaine Boyer to a minor league deal

DENVER, CO - OCTOBER 2:  Relief pitcher Blaine Boyer #48 of the Milwaukee Brewers delivers to home plate during the seventh inning against the Colorado Rockies at Coors Field on October 2, 2016 in Denver, Colorado. (Photo by Justin Edmonds/Getty Images)
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The Braves have signed reliever Blaine Boyer to a minor league contract with an invitation to spring training, MLB.com’s Mark Bowman reports. Bowman adds that the right-hander has a “good chance” to make the Braves’ bullpen out of spring training.

Boyer, 35, spent the past season with the Brewers, finishing with a 3.95 ERA and a 26/17 K/BB ratio in 66 innings.

Boyer, of course, started his professional baseball career with the Braves as they selected him in the third round of the 2000 draft. Since the Braves traded him in 2009, Boyer has pitched for the Cardinals, Diamondbacks, Mets, Padres, and Twins along with the Brewers.

Report: Rays nearing a deal with Shawn Tolleson

ST. LOUIS, MO - JUNE 18: Reliever Shawn Tolleson #37 of the Texas Rangers pitches against the St. Louis Cardinals in the eighth inning at Busch Stadium on June 18, 2016 in St. Louis, Missouri.  (Photo by Dilip Vishwanat/Getty Images)
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Update (6:48 PM EST): Topkin reports the contract will be of the major league variety.

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Marc Topkin of the Tampa Bay Times reports that the Rays and free agent reliever Shawn Tolleson are close to finalizing a contract.

Tolleson, who turns 29 years old on Thursday, had an ugly 2016 season, finishing with a 7.68 ERA and a 29/10 K/BB ratio in 36 1/3 innings. He was one of the Rangers’ best relievers in the two seasons prior to that, however, which included saving 35 games in 2015.