Oliver Perez has created a big problem for himself and the Mets by refusing to accept minor league reassignment in order to fix his pitching mechanics.
Since Perez signed the three-year, $36 million contract, he's been hard pressed to prove the investment was a wise one, and he is regressing both as a player and a teammate.
Much was written during spring training about how hard Perez worked in Arizona, his new place of residency, but the results have not shown so far in 2010.
Perez is within his legal rights to refuse reassignment, and Scott Boras, his agent, is doing his job by looking out for his client's best interest.
He's acting very selfish and immature and is becoming a major problem in the clubhouse, according to several inside sources. His teammates obviously want to have his back but they can't ignore that his continued ineffectiveness and stubborn nature is hurting the whole team.
After the disappointments of 2007 and 2008, combined with the injury-plagued 2009, the 2010 Mets need to prove that they can be competitive within the NL East.
New York is no doubt a tough baseball city, but if you show unwavering commitment to the team and the fans, it's the best place for an athlete to be showcased.
Jerry Manuel and Dan Warthen know that something needs to be done, but other than choosing which role he will play, there is little they can do for Perez.
Johan Santana has tried to work with him but says Perez is not even paying attention; he's not even pretending to try to improve his game.
David Wright is the de facto captain and the logical choice to talk some sense into Perez, and while it has not been mentioned, I am confident that he's tried speaking to him, with no results.
Oliver Perez has always been the picture of inconsistency, but when he's pitching well people have chalked it up to "Ollie being Ollie," but with an 6.38 ERA he has quickly fallen from any sort of grace.
Embarrassing situations like this seem to find the Mets each season. Omar Minaya needs to look out for the best interests of the team, and if admitting Perez's lucrative contract was a mistake then that's what is needed.
Now both Perez and Minaya need to look out for the Mets.