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Mets looking into RHP Chris Perez

The Mets are looking into free agent reliever Chris Perez, according to a series of tweets from the team’s beat reporters.

Perez, 28, went 5-3 with a 4.33 ERA in 54 appearances for the Indians in 2013. allowing 56 hits, 26 earned runs, 11 home runs and 21 walks with 54 strikeouts in 54 innings.

Perez signed a one-year, $7.3 million contract with the Indians last season.

He has recorded 132 saves since 2010.

Michael Baron, Contributor

It’s pretty evident the Mets are concerned about Bobby Parnell‘s status for 2014, since they’re reportedly shopping for relievers who have experience closing. It seems they’re trying to find multiple options – along with Vic Black – as insurance for Parnell, in the event he isn’t healthy or has issues bouncing back from his neck surgery.

Perez really struggled for the Indians in 2013 thanks in part to the home run ball and an increased walk rate. His fastball velocity dipped last year as well, which could have been the foundation of his problems. But he recorded 35-plus saves in each of 2011 and 2012, so he does provide the experience the Mets could be seeking at the back-end of the bullpen. Worst case, he could prove to be the solid, right-handed setup presence they lost when LaTroy Hawkins left for Colorado.

29 comments
Philip Kossoy
Philip Kossoy

Philip Kossoy here...If I know Sandy he likes the fact that Boggs has had 4 very nice years until last seasons debacle!  He's looking for a 1 year 2-3 million deal which is right up Sandy's alley!  Why step into the pool and sign a sure thing like JP Howell for 3 years 15 million when you may be able to steal Boggs foe 2-3 mil.???

Michael Mazzei
Michael Mazzei

Hopefully, he lives in Jersey to keep from a repeat of last years mailing mishap.

Marcus Jensen
Marcus Jensen

I can't see Mets putting at least 8 million a season into Perez over 2 or 3 years. With 17-20 million to spend, putting 6-8 million of it into a closer would leave them with little to spend on a starter and other relievers.

Heyman predicts  2 years, $9M for Perez, but that seems a little on the low end for Perez.

Brad Houser
Brad Houser

wants $2 million, report to follow in 2 hours he's out of the Mets price range.

Ron Davis
Ron Davis

i wish we would talk to Cleveland about their ss Cabera

matt520
matt520

Vic Black is the insurance if Parnell goes down. I have high hopes for him

niesesnose
niesesnose

Meh. I'd prefer Bailey or even Mitch Boggs I'm ok with. This bullpen doesn't need that much help

niesesnose
niesesnose

They want SP. Who do you want to deal

Ron Davis
Ron Davis

i like Chris Perez to go with Vic Black but no Boggs

Marcus Jensen
Marcus Jensen

@niesesnose Well the bullpen does need help but Perez isn't going to be cheap. Mets have $17-20 million to spend and Perez is most likely to cost at least 7 million a season.

They would need to add a starter and another reliever with only 10 million left over after signing Perez.

dumdeeduda
dumdeeduda

The grand total of relievers on this roster that have been good for a full ML season is . . . one.

niesesnose
niesesnose

They do have Germen, Torres, Black, Familia, Rice, Edgin, Parnell, Feliciano could be brought back for cheap. I do think they will need one bullpen arm. They'll also have John Church (assuming he doesn't get taken Rule 5) Joel Carreno, Jeff Walters and Jack Leathersich as eventual reinforcements

'Giovanni Jiminez
'Giovanni Jiminez

Why not resign Shawn Marcum to another 1yr deal while were at it.