SNY has learned that the Mets are closing in on a deal with free-agent left-hander Oliver Perez. Terms of the agreement have not been disclosed, but the contract is believed to be for three years and $36 million.
Perez, 27, spent the last two full seasons with the Mets after coming to the club from the Pirates late in the 2006 campaign. In 34 starts in 2008, he went 10-7 with a 4.22 ERA and 180 strikeouts in 194 innings.
The team has been rumored to be pursuing Perez since starter Derek Lowe signed with the Atlanta Braves in January. If Perez signs, he would help fortify a starting rotation set to include Johan Santana, Mike Pelfrey and John Maine.
Perez has a 55-60 career record in 175 games, 174 starts, with a 4.39 ERA. In that span, he has 1,027 strikeouts and has yielded 528 walks in 999 1/3 innings.