Oliver Perez is no longer competing for a rotation spot following another poor start yesterday, but the Mets aren’t ready to release him quite yet and will instead give him a chance to claim a bullpen job.
Perez is much better suited for relief work at this point, as he actually remained somewhat effective against left-handed hitters even while being a mess overall during the past two seasons, but it doesn’t sound like his odds of securing a bullpen spot are very good either.
In fact, both Andy Martino of the New York Daily News and Adam Rubin of ESPNNewYork.com report that the Mets will almost surely release Perez after giving him a couple appearances as a reliever.
If true it seems odd that they wouldn’t just release him now, since watching Perez throwing 30 more pitches shouldn’t change the way anyone thinks about him, but as Rubin writes maybe the Mets are holding out hope for “some miracle performance in the next week.”
The Rangers announced a minor trade, sending third baseman Patrick Wisdom to the Cardinals for utilityman Drew Robinson. More interestingly, the club also announced that former pitcher Brandon McCarthy has joined the Rangers’ front office as a special assistant to general manager Jon Daniels.
McCarthy, 35, retired after the 2018 season. He was done following a June 24 start against the Orioles, never quite able to fully recover from a knee injury. The right-hander battled injuries throughout his 13-year career, which he spent with the White Sox, Rangers, Athletics, Diamondbacks, Yankees, Dodgers, and Braves.
It isn’t surprising that McCarthy has landed in a front office following his playing career. He has always shown an aptitude for analytics, the understanding of which is essentially a must-have in front office roles these days.