The numbers are three years and $36 million, a little less than double the $6.5 million Oliver Perez got last season with the Mets to win 10 games.
The big question, at least to me, is whether Perez will interpret this as a snub or will he use this as a motivator?
“I feel very confident that he has taken steps to becoming a real good pitcher,” manager Jerry Manuel said. “He’s still very young. If he is added to the mix, it only strengthens us in the starting pitching, which would be a big plus for us, a very big plus for us.”
Hopefully, Perez will do the latter and pitch with a burning desire the next three years. Remember, at 27, he’s young enough to do this again.
Do you believe Perez will be in the right frame of mind, or should the Mets have overpaid for Derek Lowe?
I apologize for not being around the last few days. I have been preoccupied with a personal matter and haven’t been online since filing the Pedro post. Again, I apologize and will start posting again on a regular basis.
MARTINEZ: One more year?
I remember talking with Pedro Martinez the last day of the season and him telling me he never felt ready between rehabbing injuries and taking time off to visit his ailing father.
“I don’t want to leave this way,” Martinez told me then. “I didn’t feel right this year. I know I can still pitch.”
Martinez had his moments last season, both good and bad, but a guy with his heart shouldn’t be easily dismissed. If his pride lets him be a fourth or fifth starter, then he’s worth it. Let’s face it, could he be any worse than Freddy Garcia or Tim Redding?
There’s a report out of the Dominican Republic that has Omar Minaya meeting with Martinez about bringing the 37-year-old future Hall of Famer back for an encore to his four-year, $53 million contract.
Let’s face it, the Mets aren’t set with their rotation. With no assurances they’ll re-sign Oliver Perez, bringing back Martinez in a stop gap role makes sense. He’s not the young stud we’d all like, but there aren’t any guarantees Jon Niese is that guy, either.
Aaron Heilman’s stay in Seattle was shorter than some of his appearances on the mound this summer. Heilman was traded to the Cubs today for infielder Ronny Cedeno and pitcher Garrett Olson.
Immediate speculation is this deal would enable the Cubs to free up some of their young pitching to re-start trade talks with San Diego for Jake Peavy.
Mets manager Jerry Manuel was in New York the other day at a charity function and was asked about Manny Ramirez. He wants him, but knows it’s not happening.
Said Manuel: “We have to deal with what we have. And, we have a pretty good team. We feel like we have enough tools to make it to the playoffs.”
Do you agree? As they are comprised now, do you believe the Mets are a playoff team?