After losing out in the Derek Lowe sweepstakes to division rival Atlanta, the status of free agent pitcher Oliver Perez still remains in limbo.
Perez is rumored to want $14 million per year for five years. And so far the Mets have offered him arbitration which protects the team in two ways.
The first being that if Perez signs elsewhere they would receive a first or second round draft pick plus a sandwich pick due to Perez being a type A free agent. And the second being that if Perez does accept salary arbitration, that the Mets would be able to sign him for a little more than the $6.5 million that he made last season.
Unfortunately for the Mets, the first option seems more a reality right now as they want to commit less years and less money to Perez.
Being that Perez is only 27 years old, a lefty and a proven big game pitcher, I would not be worried to commit five years to him. The problem is $14 million per year.
Perez was only 10-7 last year and can frequently be wild. But his upside can surely not be ignored.
Both Perez and his agent Scott Boras, need to recognize that Perez belongs in New York. New York offers Perez the big game setting that he likes and most importantly his best chance to win.
So Perez do yourself a favor. Tell Boras you will take $10 to $12 million a year if the Mets commit to a five year contract.
Then you can sit back, watch the Mets gladly accept and look forward to pitching in a rotation that would include yourself, possibly Ben Sheets or another free agent, Johan Santana, John Maine, and Mike Pelfrey.
With that rotation and Francisco Rodriguez now closing games for the Mets, the Mets could almost assure themselves for many years one of the best shots in all of baseball to win the World Series.
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