Oliver Perez agrees to deal with the Mets

By: Associated Press
By: Associated Press

Monday Feb. 2, 2009

NEW YORK (AP) -- Oliver Perez and the New York Mets have reached a preliminary agreement on a $36 million, three-year contract.

The deal is subject to the pitcher passing a physical, a person familiar with the talks says, speaking on condition of anonymity because Monday's agreement wasn't final.

New York had offered Derek Lowe -- another client of agent Scott Boras -- a $36 million, three-year contract, but Lowe accepted a $60 million, five-year offer from Atlanta. In addition to Lowe, the Mets also held talks with agents for Tim Redding and Randy Wolf.

Perez was 10-7 with a 4.22 ERA in 34 starts. Although he struck out 180, he also walked 105 in 194 innings. Progress in Perez's talks earlier was reported by several media outlets.

(Copyright 2009 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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