Oliver Perez to the Minors?

Eli GreenspanSenior Analyst IMay 3, 2009

NEW YORK - APRIL 26:  Oliver Perez #46 of the New York Mets reacts in the dugout after he was taken out of their game against the Washington Nationals in the fifth inning on April 26, 2009 at Citi Field in the Flushing neighborhood of the Queens borough of New York City.  (Photo by Ezra Shaw/Getty Images)

Mets pitcher Oliver Perez has struggled mightily in his first five starts, sporting a 1-2 record with a 9.97 ERA. He has no command of his pitches, and has lost all confidence in getting hitters out. 

"If I need it, then I have to go [to the minors], because right now I don't help my team," said Perez, who was similarly demoted by the Pirates after a woeful start three years ago. "Right now, I don't feel I'm doing my job." Perez, who is coming off a three year, 36 million dollar extension, will be replaced by Ken Takahashi in the rotation.

The Mets' pitching is really thin and I wonder if they will go after a pitcher on the market. Mark Mulder, Pedro Martinez, and Paul Byrd are available, and they could explore the trade market as well. Dbacks pitcher Doug Davis brought up his trade value last week, and the Mets could pursue him if necessary. 

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