I Don’t Want to Pitch

Well, it appears that Jason Vargas WILL be starting on Tuesday — unless the Mets remember Aaron Sele is still on the roster.

Per quotes from Newsday, Oliver Perez stated:

“I don’t want to pitch on Tuesday. I don’t want to pitch when I feel something. I want to pitch when I’m healthy.”

Well if that’s the way he feels, I don’t want him to pitch, either.

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  1. sincekindergarten July 2, 2007 at 12:58 pm
    Works for me! Send him to the DL retro to last Tuesday/Wednesday and bring Vargas up.
  2. JIMMYJ723 July 2, 2007 at 1:30 pm
    Sounds like an honest statement to me. I have no prob. with Ollie taking some time off to get get healthy. He and Maine have been stellar so far. Let’s see what Vargas has to offer.

    In other news… Buehrle isn’t going to sign with the White Sox because they won’t give him a no-trade clause. I really hope Minaya goes after him. He’s one of the most underrated pitchers in the league. I would love to see him in a Mets uniform.

  3. joe July 2, 2007 at 1:37 pm
    I agree that Ollie should just sit out till after the All-Star break. We’re going to need this guy to be the ace come playoff time, so why take any chances now?

    I’d love to see Buehrle too, but at a bargain price. The ChiSox now have no leverage in a deal whatsoever. He’s not signing with them, and he’s defintely, positively, 100% going to test the market in the winter — so no one will be offering up top prospects.

  4. sincekindergarten July 2, 2007 at 1:51 pm
    I wouldn’t offer even Collazo or Adkins for him, at this point.
  5. joe July 2, 2007 at 1:56 pm
    c’mon, not even Adkins? you’re just trying to drive the price down … I want you negotiating my next contract!
  6. JIMMYJ723 July 2, 2007 at 2:42 pm
    I understand the Sox don’t have much leverage but Buehrle is an ACE. I would give up Midlege or Heilman in a heartbeat to get him.
  7. joe July 2, 2007 at 3:02 pm
    I agree — maybe LM or Heilman but definitely not both. Ace or no ace, you only get him through the end of this year, guaranteed. Plus the White Sox know for certain he’s not returning to Chicago — that puts the onus on Ken Williams to make a deal.

    Additionally, the Mets aren’t in a position where they need a starting pitcher, so there’s no need to overpay.