Maybe Yankees fans wanted Pavano gone, but team management always wanted Pavano to pitch during his tumultuous tenure in New York. Pavano, though, just wanted the Yankees' money. And, seemingly, to find ways to avoid actually getting on the mound to earn it.
With Perez, the Mets want the useless left-handed pitcher to go away. They are willing to give him the rest of his $36 million contract to go to AAA and get out of their hair. And he won't go.
Even the players want him gone.
A day after watching Oliver Perez implode in a relief appearance against the Brewers, two disgusted Mets players told The Post yesterday it’s time management drew a line in the sand with the putrid lefty.
"You tell him you go to Triple-A or that’s it, you are finished," one Mets player said, well aware that Perez (0-3, 6.25 ERA) is still owed about $20 million on the three-year contract he signed before the 2009 season.