02/02/2009 1:02 PM ET
Report: Mets close to deal with Perez
Team, lefty nearing agreement; terms not disclosed
By Ted Berg / SNY.tv
In 194 innings last season, Oliver Perez posted a 4.22 ERA and struck out 180 batters. He walked 105. (AP)

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.

Ted Berg is the senior editorial producer for SNY.tv.
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