Should the Mets trade Ollie Perez before the Deadline? I've considered this question for some time now, and his recent poor outing made me decide to pose the question here. A few things to consider:
1 - Perez is a free agent at the end of the year, his agent is Scott Boras. Ollie did win 15 games last year, and if he can win close to that this year..., well a left hander who has won 30 games in 2 years will ask for and probably get a fat contract. Do you really want to pay him $15 million a year?
2 - Even if the Mets don't get another starter in return, they might not be hurting to fill Ollie's void. Right now the Mets have Cladio Vargas in the bullpen, plus El Duque is close to returning. I know it's difficult to count on Duque and Pedro staying healthy, and that is where the biggest risk comes from.
3 - Being a lefty with tons of potential (even though he has had that potential for years now) he could pull in a few good prospects from a contender looking for another starter.
In the end I think whether or not the Mets can trade Ollie depends on 3 things:
Mike Pelfrey pitching better, and El Duque and Pedro staying healthy.