New York Mets Worst Signings And Trades Ever – No. 4 Oliver Perez
Oliver Perez was acquired from the Pittsburgh Pirates during the 2006 season and while he did have recurring control issues, he showed potential over the next two seasons.
He went a combined 25-17 in 2007 and 2008, but led the league with a whopping 105 walks in ’08.
Perez hit the free agent market and while he had shown promise, everyone knew he wouldn’t live up to the three-year, $36 million deal the Mets offered him to stay in blue and orange.
What we didn’t know at the time was how severely the team overpaid.
He made just 14 starts in the first year of his new deal, going 3-4 with a whopping 6.82 ERA. Perez got off to another miserable start in 2010 and was eventually moved to the bullpen, ending the year 0-5 with a 6.80 ERA.
During the season he refused to the allow the Mets to send him to the minors to find his pitching game. He was cut loose prior to the 2011 season, with the team eating all $12 million remaining on the deal.