Okay Mets fans. Take a deep breath. I'll try to make this quick; like pulling off a band-aid.
One thing I do want to do, is post a few comments written by Mets fans at the time they gave Perez his contract. It gave me a few laughs.
"If the deal really is 3y and 36m, the Mets got a decent deal, far better than [Derek] Lowe at 4y and 60m. The Mets paid market for Perez, the Braves over-paid for Lowe. The Mets now have a solid rotation."
"He's won 25 games over the past two years. He's a proven reliable starter. Maybe if the Mets give him a three year or more contract he will buckle-down and start pitching up to his potential, which is vast."
"That's great news.. Just got to hope this kid can focus and concentrate more, he is very talented..Now lets get Many [Ramirez]."
Did you laugh?
Perez was terrible. All Mets fans are aware of this fact. I will admit, however, that at the time they signed him, I was in support of the deal. Why? Because the other two starting pitchers available at that time, Derek Lowe and Randy Wolf, were asking for way too much money, and both were older then Perez.
Look at what Lowe and Wolf have done since that year, and tell me it would have made any difference.
The best thing I can say about Perez is that, in 2009, he was the lesser of three evils. Well, that, and he owned left-handed batters.
Perez was just a throw in when the Mets sent outfielder Xavier Nady to Pittsburgh for Roberto Hernandez (does anyone else wonder where the Mets might be now had Duaner Sanchez not taken that ill-fated cab ride?) during the 2006 season.
Perez actually pitched well in the 2006 NLCS against the St. Louis Cardinals, picking up a win in Game 3, and pitching six innings of one-run ball in Game 7.
From 2007 to 2008, Perez went 25-17 with a 3.89 ERA and 354 strikeouts. His BB/9 rate over those two seasons was 4.44. A sign of things to come right?
Fast forward two years and Perez is arguably the most hated Met in recent memory. I mean, it was bad. I can recall several moments watching Perez pitch at Shea Stadium/Citi Field and hearing some of the most horrible, vile things you can imagine yelled at him.
Perez was released earlier this month, with the Mets eating the final $12 million on his contract. He finished his time with the Mets with a 29-29 record, a 4.71 ERA and a downright ugly 1.48 WHIP.