Oliver Perez is not only the most inconsistent, overpaid, only-occasionally-prepared-to-pitch dunderhead on the Mets staff, but he is also the most maddening Met pitcher to watch since The Human All-Star Break Steve Trash-hell. I am honestly not happy to see him re-signed, not just banging on the side of the tub to get attention here. It's Minaya I came here to bury anyway.
This off-season I have turned on the Mets GM for good. Faced with pressing needs, and repeatedly failing parts, he put all his chips on one (or two) "the Closers" and welcomed essentially the same old team back into the clubhouse. Yes, while actual fans of the NY Mets gathered and begged for Manny happy returns, Doh'mar instead threw a couple million on top of the already too big pile for Perez, and declared victory over the off season. Why? Scott Bora$ told him to. The market for Manny is echoing the US economy, Dunn is available without draft picks, and all Omar can say is "mission accomplished."
There's no plan here. There are too many Mets looking to hide among trees when it comes to crunch time, and all those guys are still in your starting lineup, with no additions. You don't return the same chokers back to the field without changing a few offensive ingredients and expect to keep your job. But then in most organizations, you wouldn't be re-upped on the eve of your second (or third) horrible collapse (who's counting) either, so what do I know? We can only hope that the Phillies got worse and sign Moises Alou in that order, because this is not an improved Mets club.
Where's the big bat? There is none. Where's the back-up plan in left? Are you lost?
Plan B at first base when Delgado is really done? Wrong team, pal. Injection of dynamism in a lethargic, folding chair of a team? Do I know you?
So while lil Jeffy and Fred lawyer up to fight Congress over the Citi naming rights deal and decide whether to charge $11.50 or $14 for a Miller Lite, little do they know they have just sown the seeds of their own demise. With a chance to get Manny or at least get creative, they hid behind their quasi-competent GM and kept payroll the same this off-season. You know, they still have to pay Willie and all.
Well, Ollie, that's a fine mess we're going to have to watch for the next three years.