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.