The Mets have a three-year, $36-million offer on the table to Derek Lowe, which is considerably less than the five year, $90-million he was seeking.
Lowe has averaged 15 wins and over 200 innings the last seven seasons, which statistically would make him the Mets’ No. 2 pitcher.
His production blows away that of Oliver Perez, who has being 27, left-handed and a blazing fastball in his arsenal.
While Lowe’s career is marked by durability and inconsistency, Perez’s is the opposite.
Agent Scott Boras is throwing out the mystery teams again, saying there are more teams interested now than a week ago.
He doesn’t have to go to the trouble, because in addition to the Mets, there is Boston and Philadelphia.
The Mets rank their pitching priorities as Lowe, Perez and Randy Wolf.