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In a post to NY Sports Dog, Dave Singer lists the top five things left to root for in 2009, such as, “The continuing improvement of Oliver Perez.”

…yep, we are all talent evaluators at this point… personally, i look forward to watching Bobby Parnell, who looked decent in his first start over the weekend, though he did little to distinguish himself from his work in the bullpen… also, perez’s outings are important, especially coming off his last start, in which he looked the among best i have ever seen him… on the other side of the ball, i’d like to see Daniel Murphy and Angel Pagan more, regardless of whether Carlos Beltran and Carlos Delgado return… all of these decisions will help establish how the Mets should approach the off-season

By the way…

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After last night's loss to the Braves, David Wright told reporters:

"It doesn't matter what the Phillies do if we don't take care of our own business. It's not even important to watch what those guys do. We have to make our own pushes."

...I appreciate Wright and his candid remarks and completely agree - no loss is a good one at this point whether they hold their ground in the division or Wild Card or not...

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The Mets have set their rotation for the start of the second half on Thursday.

Oliver Perez will start Thursday night against the Braves in Atlanta, followed by Mike Pelfrey on Friday, Johan Santana on Saturday, Fernando Nieve on Sunday, and Livan Hernandez on Monday against the Nationals in Washington.

Jerry Manuel told reporters that Jonathan Niese would take the place of a starter who has "three bad outings in a row", which seemingly would apply to Hernandez who in his last two starts is 0-2 with a 19.29 ERA, allowing 21 hits, eight walks, and 15 earned runs in his last seven innings and has lost his last four starts.

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Oliver Perez walked the first batter of the game on four pitches last night, but regrouped to pitch five innings, and though he walked seven batters, he allowed only two runs.

According to the Elias Sports Bureau, courtesy of ESPN.com, “Perez is the first pitcher in team history to win a game in which he pitched fewer than six innings and allowed at least seven walks.”

…perez was rocking a nice slider, but he struggled to command his fastball, it seemed… he walked seven, and more than half of the pitches he threw were balls… the thing is, he kept coming up with the big out… hmmm, maybe we should stop looking for Big Game Ollie, and just be happy with Big Out Ollie

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Oliver Perez allowed three runs in five plus innings in a rehab start for triple-A Buffalo tonight.

Perez is expected to start against the Dodgers on Wednesday.

"I've got to take in what took place, see about his velocity and all," Jerry Manuel said.

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Oliver Perez will next start on Friday for Triple-A Buffalo, after which he could be activated, Jerry Manuel told reporters before today’s game.

According to Manuel, the Mets received positive reports on Perez following his last rehab start in Brooklyn.

In a post to his blog for the Daily News, Adam Rubin reports on Billy Wagner, as well as John Maine, who will not pick up a baseball until Thursday.

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Yesterday, Jerry Manuel said John Maine and Oliver Perez will start in a doubleheader today for Single-A St. Lucie, and could possibly rejoin the Mets at some point next week.

According to Manuel, getting Maine and Perez back will give the team options, in terms of who is in the rotation and who is in the bullpen.

Manuel explained, Fernando Nieve could be a candidate for the bullpen, as he could lengthen the bullpen and allow rest for Sean Green and Bobby Parnell, among others.

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David Lennon, in a post to Twitter, says that both John Maine and Oliver Perez will start each end of a doubleheader for St. Lucie on Monday.

Lennon also reports that Jose Reyes, who is on the disabled list with a torn tendon in his hamstring, feels something on "quick moves".

Reyes reportedly played catch on the field prior to last night's game but was supposed to take ground balls.

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According to Bart Hubbuch in a post to Twitter, both John Maine and Oliver Perez are expected to throw off of a mound in Port St. Lucie later this week.

While there is still no timetable for Perez to return, Maine is expected to be back next week.

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Last week, Randy Johnson won the 300th game of his career.

In a report for Baseball Prospectus, Joe Sheehan lists Oliver Perez among six players who, if everything goes according to plan, could eventually win 300 games.

?i hope for the best for perez, and wish him the best of luck, and would love nothing more than to see him?win 300 games, especially for the Mets? but, i feel pretty confident saying it will never happen? i mean, i?d say he has a slightly better chance of winning 300 games than i do, and i have no chance?

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Oliver Perez had his first rehab start tonight in Buffalo.

Perez went four and one-third innings, allowed one run on three hits and struck out five.? However, he did walk five batters on the night.

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Last night, Omar Minaya told reporters Oliver Perez will start in a minor-league game this week, though he did not say where or when.

i hope they continue to go slow with ollie… Tim Redding is scheduled to pitch Sunday in Boston, which means he would be on turn to next pitch Saturday, May 30, at home against the Marlins… perez could technically get two full rehab starts in the minor league during that time, then the Mets could reassess where they at in terms of the roster, rotation, bullpen, etc., knowing redding could slip back in to relief, with perez returning in early July…

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Brian Schneider caught five innings from Oliver Perez in an extended spring training game in St. Lucie today.

…i actually like knowing the team’s starting catcher is down there working with perez, as he tries to right himself

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Jerry Manuel recently spoke about the statuses of Jose Reyes, and J.J. Putz.

"It was tightness in the calf", Manuel said about Reyes.? "We'll give him another day and see if that can loosen it up and hopefully that's part of the progression for that injury to get better. Hopefully he'll be ready in the next day or so."

According to Manuel, Putz is also ready to go today, and they would like for him to be the closer should that situation arise.

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Oliver Perez will be placed on the 15-day disabled list with patella tendinitis, according to Omar Minaya, who talked with reporters following the game.

"I felt like I could continue to pitch, but I want to get healthy and I want to feel better," Perez told reporters following tonight's game.? "It's a good decision, because I want to be healthy all season long and try to help my team."

Taking Perez?s spot on the 25-man roster will be Jonathan Niese, who will make his first start of 2009 on Friday.

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Oliver Perez told reporters yesterday that the team never discussed a trip to the minor leagues with him, instead the team spoke with his agent, Scott Boras.

According to the Daily News, however, Omar Minaya said he first spoke to Boras after the team?s announcement that Perez would be sent to the bullpen.

?I think we made a really good move,? Perez told reporters before yesterday?s game.? ?I wasn't doing my job as a starting pitcher. That's why they sent me to the bullpen?- to get my confidence back? I understand what I have to do. ?All my teammates here tell me, ?You can do this,? and, ?You're better than that.? You have to keep working and try to get back.?? I have to keep working to get back.?
In a report for Baseball Prospectus, Will Carroll writes:

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Yesterday, the Mets put Oliver Perez in the bullpen, and replaced him in the rotation with Ken Takahashi, who start Friday against the Pirates.

Jerry Manuel explained to reporters:

“He'll be in the bullpen until we rebuild him, get him back right… It’s something that I've done before with starters: Jon Garland, James Baldwin, those guys.  You have three or four bad outings, you try to find a spot that you could get him back and get some confidence.  Have some success first, then confidence, and then go from there.”

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Prior to today’s game, Jerry Manuel told reporters Oliver Perez will temporarily move to the bullpen and be used as a left-handed reliever.

Manuel said the team did not ask Perez to accept a minor league assignment.

Manuel said he will use Perez against left-handed batters in situational spots, in addition to working multiple innings.

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According to David Lennon at Newsday, Omar Minaya and Jeff Wilpon, are headed to Atlanta to discuss the future of Oliver Perez.

Lennon writes, "As much as everyone wants to dismiss Olllie and dump him in the minors, remember this is a three-year, $36-million business investment... The Mets have to tread carefully with Perez, and not just for the short-term benefit of this season.? They can't just wash their hands of him."

Added to by Matthew Cerrone:

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‘Oliver Perez is in the bullpen until further notice,’ writes David Lennon in a report for Newsday.

Manuel, who met with Dan Warthen and Randy Niemann and talked with Omar Minaya by phone yesterday, told reporters the team has yet to make an official decision, though they will likely make an announcement during the team’s trip in Atlanta.

…from what i can gather, if he’s pitching from the bullpen, the announcement will come sooner than later, maybe even monday… if he’s going on the disabled list, the team will likely wait until later in the week…

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When asked about whether or not Manuel would go with Perez in his next scheduled start, he said, ?I don?t know at this point whether or not that?s advantageous for us or for him. He?s just struggling at this point. We?re trying to find the old Ollie.?

The report also notes that Perez has supposedly been bothered by a sore right knee.

?The knee?s been bothering me for the whole season,? Perez said. ?I try to pitch with that. I try to help my team and I don?t do that right now.?

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Yesterday, Oliver Perez allowed four runs, five hits and six walks in just two innings, raising his ERA to 9.97 in five starts.

According to Bart Hubbuch in the New York Post, ?The Mets admitted they really don't have much choice but to yank Perez from the rotation.?

In a report for the Bergen Record, Bob Klapisch writes, ?After the game, GM Omar Minaya and Jerry Manuel both hinted Perez is on his way to the minors, where he?ll be asked to find his control, if not his maturity.?

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Earlier today, Jerry Manuel told reporters Oliver Perez will start on Saturday.

Manuel cited Perez’s success against the Phillies, saying he needs to give his pitcher the benefit of the doubt and let him show what he can do.

…i get no sense that there is a trip to the minors in the cards for perez… in short, if the Mets want perez to get it together, he needs to be around manuel, his teammates and Dan Warthen… it wouldn’t shock me if he were skipped one turn, should he stumble against the Phillies, but that is a long way from now

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Oliver Perez is still listed as the probable starter for Saturday’s game against the Phillies.

In a post to Newsday, David Lennon asked a team official is Perez will be skipped, and was told, ‘Not right now.’

Yesterday, Perez faced 26 batters, three of which he walked, he allowed nine hits and two home runs.

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In yesterday's loss to the Nationals, Oliver Perez threw just over four innings, and allowed seven runs on nine hits, two of which were home runs.

In four starts this season, Perez is 1-2 with a 9.31 ERA.

At The Star-Ledger, Brian Costa quotes Jerry Menual, who says, "I'm really, really concerned about him right now. I don't know what we'll do. It's something that has me concerned."

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John Maine, Oliver Perez and Mike Pelfrey have a combined 7.83 ERA in eight starts.

In fact, the entire staff, minus Johan Santana, is 3–4 with a 6.89 ERA through 51 innings, during which opponents are batting .274 against them.

Maine is looking better.  He is making good pitches, ‘they’re just missing by a hair,’ as he says, or he’s not getting the call.  The discussion about Maine has actually switched from concern over his shoulder to concern over his confidence.  In the end, I trust he’ll be fine.

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In Twitter, @dethnyte sent me a message which read:

“Since we only seem to get 2 or 3 good innings out of Olive Perez and John Maine, perhaps we should combine their starts.”

Obviously, the Mets would never do this.

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Last night, in a win against the Padres, Oliver Perez tossed 90 pitches and pitched six innings to strike out four batters, while walking two, and allowing just one run.

Jerry Manuel, speaking about Perez, said:

“It was a tremendous performance… We needed a good performance by him, and hopefully he's on his way to some good things… Tonight really wasn't maybe his best stuff, so not to have your best stuff, and then have the ability to pitch and have success, that's a very good sign.  So we’re very confident that once that stuff comes, that 94, 95, with off-speed pitches, he should be what we think he should be, and that’s somewhat dominating.”

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Yesterday, in a loss to the Reds, Oliver Perez allowed eight earned runs, he walked five batters, gave up five hits, including a home run, while striking out seven in just 4.1 innings. 

In total, he threw 100 pitches, 45 percent of which were balls.

According to Adam Rubin of the Daily News, it was the second-most runs allowed in a start by Perez during his eight-year career.

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Following today’s loss to the Red Sox, Jerry Manuel said today’s performance by Oliver Perez needs to put ‘in its right place,’ but he added, “Hopefully his next outing he’ll have better command and velocity.”

Manuel noted, “From what I understand, he couldn't find a way to grip the baseball.”

Manuel said Perez needs to learn to make adjustments.  “When you're not throwing strikes,” he said, “It puts the defense on its heels.  We're hoping that once the bell rings, he'll be the consistent pitcher he was at points last year.”

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Last night, in a win against the O’s, Oliver Perez tossed 93 pitches, allowing one run, four hits and one walk while striking out one hitter.

“I just thought tonight he was pretty consistent with his delivery and stuff,” Jerry Manuel said, speaking to reports following the game.  “When he can get us that far and then we have the type of people we have down there finishing the game, it could be a good combination for us.”

According to Ben Shpigel in the New York Times, ‘When Manuel came out to retrieve Perez in the seventh inning Monday night, he was smiling. When Perez jogged away, he doffed his cap to a standing crowd.’

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Following his rough start on Wednesday, after which pitching coach Dan Warthen called him out of shape, Oliver Perez was given a stern talking to by fellow LHP Johan Santana.

Santana, speaking to MLB.com's Marty Noble, said, "I talked to him. ... He's got to get into pitching again and get going. He knows that... He's got to get his mechanics and his command."

Perez acknowledged that he was behind schedule, blaming it on his having thrown less during the World Baseball Classic. According to Steve Popper at the Bergen Record, Perez said:

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According to David Lennon on his blog for Newsday, “Oliver Perez denied this morning that he is out of shape.”

Perez is quoted as saying, “I feel good.”

To read more on Perez, including additional quotes from him on his schedule and overall health, read Adam Rubin’s blog for the Daily News, Steve Popper’s blog for the Bergen Record, and Bart Hubbuch’s blog for the New York Post.

his weight and conditioning is still the least of my concerns… i trust he will whip in to shape before Opening Day, if he isn’t already… i am still far more worried about his head, and his mental state, and whether he can stick with what is working for him, whenever it starts working, instead of going off the deep end

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In yesterday?s game, Oliver Perez gave up six runs on six walks and five hits in just 3.2 innings pitched.

Dan Warthen, speaking about Perez, as quoted by Peter Botte in the Daily News:

"I think he's out of shape, the arm is out of shape. It's a combination. Since he's come back we really haven't seen the life out of the hand, the ball is just not jumping out right now? I think he's gained a little weight and needs to start pushing himself a little more.?
Warthen said that Perez did not do his workouts at the WBC, which has led to these problems.

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On Sunday, David Wright was kneed in the head while sliding into second base during the World Baseball Classic.

Wright remained in the game, but told reporters later he felt dizzy while insisting he was fine.

Meanwhile, Team USA will play Puerto Rico in an elimination game today, meaning either Wright and J. J. Putz or Carlos Beltran, Carlos Delgado, Alex Cora, Pedro Feliciano and Nelson Figueroa will return to St. Lucie by the end of the week.

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The Game:

The Mets will take on the Marlins today at 1:10 in Grapefruit League action from Port St. Lucie. The game will be broadcast live on SNY.

The Lineup:

  • 2B Luis Castillo
  • P Oliver Perez
  • SS Jose Reyes
  • 1B Carlos Delgado
  • 3B David Wright
  • CF Carlos Beltran
  • RF Ryan Church
  • LF Daniel Murphy
  • C Brian Schneider
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According to the Associated Press, Fernando Tatis was scratched from yesterday’s intra-squad game due to a sore right hand.

Tatis said he expects to be ready to play Tuesday, though he is not in either starting lineup.

Phillies RHP Cole Hamels had the following to say on WIP Radio in Philadelphia, when asked to define the word ‘choke,’ as it pertains to sports:

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In an article for ESPN, Jayson Stark bids the offseason goodbye in a summary which picks the Mets as the most improved National League team.

Stark also points out that the players traded by the Mets which brought J.J. Putz to Queens were mostly "major league flotsam", and was the best transaction of the winter, while the Oliver Perez contract was one of the most outrageous.

...the most relevant definition of flotsam is "miscellaneous or unimportant material" apparently, i had to look it up...

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Mets pitchers and catchers are required to report to Tradition Field by Friday.

However, David Wright, Johan Santana, John Maine, Oliver Perez, Mike Pelfrey, Ryan Church, Brian Schneider, Daniel Murphy and Nick Evans are already in camp working out, while Sean Green and J.J. Putz, among others,?are likely to report in the next day or so.

?by the way, SNY will be broadcasting Mets Hot Stove live from Duffy?s in Port St. Lucie this Thursday, Feb. 12, as well as next Thursday, Feb. 19, at 7 pm?

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In case you missed it…

To read my live blog from yesterday’s press conference at SNY, during which Omar Minaya said there will be no other big moves made this off-season, saying all of his big priorities have been met, click here.

To see video of Oliver Perez answering questions from reporters, click here.

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Update, 4:27 pm

The press conference is over, and I?m heading home.

The big comment from Omar Minaya was at 3:31 pm, when he told reporters there will be no big moves after today, saying all of his big priorities have been met, while noting offense was not the team?s problem last season.

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SNY has confirmed that Oliver Perez passed his physical.

Perez will be re-introduced during a press conference at the SNY studios today, which the network will air live at 3 pm EDT.

here’s your shot, Omar Minaya… tell us about Manny Ramirez…after you introduce ollie, of course

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In a video for ESPN.com, Buster Olney says, “If the Mets do not sign Oliver Perez, if they sign a cheaper starting pitcher, they’ll have money available, and, at that point, they may go look at Bobby Abreu.”

According to Olney, GMs have told him they would not be surprised to see Abreu accept a one-year, worth less than $7 million deal.

the buzz from around baseball suggests LHP Randy Wolf could end up accepting a deal similar to Jon Garland, i.e., one year and $8 million…

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This morning, I swapped e-mails with ESPN’s Andrew Marchand, who said he did not report Omar Minaya and Scott Boras would be meeting in New York today to discuss Oliver Perez and Manny Ramirez, despite what has been attributed to him on a variety of message boards and blogs.

I was sent e-mail making a similar claim about ESPN’s Buster Olney, and WFAN’s Tony Paige.

In short, Marchand said, “It’s not true,” and Olney wrote, “Totally false.”  I could not reach Paige, though I am working on it.

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According Joe DeMayo of NY Baseball Digest, “If the Mets do not have Oliver Perez either locked up, or having made huge strides in negotiations by the end of this coming weekend, they are likely to move on to other options,” according to a league source with knowledge of the team’s plans.

early last week i mentioned there had been a bit of buzz suggesting the Mets had given perez a weekend deadline… i was skeptical of this, because it’s not typically Omar Minaya’s style… either way, i am sure the Mets want an answer soon, because this is getting a little ridiculous now

DeMayo believes the Mets prefer Randy Wolf to Ben Sheets, “by a small margin,” because of concerns about his medical records.

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Last night on MLB Network’s Hot Stove Show, SI.com’s Jon Heyman said there are ‘rumblings’ that the Rangers and Brewers are interested in free-agent LHP Oliver Perez.

However, today, Tom Haudricourt of the Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel writes: “When I ran Perez's name by Brewers general manager Doug Melvin recently, he showed virtually no interest,” 1) because he doesn’t think Perez is worth the money, and 2) he doesn’t want to surrender a first-round draft pick to sign him.

Haudricourt concludes: “I think this is mostly a smokescreen provided by Perez's agent, Scott Boras… Boras is probably trying to create a market that isn't there for his client, which is an agent's job.”

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According to Andrew Marchand of 1050 ESPN New York, "the Mets will eventually be willing to go to four years for Oliver Perez," and that they are gaining interest in RHP Ben Sheets, whose arm they don't think is "perfect, but not terrible either."

Marchand writes that the Perez negotiations will not be finished anytime soon. Sheets, according to Ken Rosenthal, met with the Texas Rangers with his agent last night.

...one figured that once Derek Lowe went off the market for four years, the Mets would be forced to go four years for Perez, which seems to be the case now... still, if they think Sheets' arm is okay, why not go in that direction for one or two years...

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In today's edition of Daily Scoop, Jon Heyman of Sports Illustrated discusses the teams that will still make moves this off-season, including the Dodgers, Brewers and Braves.

Of the Mets, Heyman writes:

"They are hoping to land Perez after missing out on Lowe. While they have been looked at as the favorites for Perez, there's still quite a discrepancy in where the sides stand (Perez seeks about $60 million over five years, while the Mets have been thinking more like $30 million over three). "

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Ken Rosenthal of FOXSports.com takes a look at the market, or lack thereof, for free-agent LHP Oliver Perez.

Rosenthal notes several teams that are in need of starting pitching, including the Nationals, Brewers, Cardinals, Angels, Rangers and Mets, but is perplex that he is unable to determine the market for the 27-year-old lefty.

The Mets seem the most logical fit for Perez, Rosenthal notes, and he does believe Perez is the Mets first choice, as it seems unlikely the Mets will sign Randy Wolf or Ben Sheets, due to their 'physical risks.'

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Ken Rosenthal of FoxSports.com quotes a league executive who believes Ben Sheets will require at least a one-year deal, worth around $7 million, with the potential to earn close to $14 million, ‘and a lucrative club option.’

Yesterday, Jon Heyman of SI.com write, “Some Mets people are now wondering whether one or two years for Sheets might be a better gamble than four or five for Oliver Perez.”

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