According to a text message from SNY’s Kevin Burkhardt, Mets GM Omar Minaya told reporters that he is no longer trying to negotiate a long-term contract extension with Oliver Perez.
Instead, the Mets and Perez’s agent, Scott Boras, are simply trying to settle on a one-year contract for this season, after which Perez is eligible to be a free-agent.
Multiple reports from the last week have suggested that Boras has every intention of getting Perez to free agency, regardless of any previous attempts by the Mets to sign him long-term.
Perez is seeking $6.5 million for this coming season, his final year before becoming a free agent. However, the Mets have countered with a $4.7 million offer. Therefore, the two sides are scheduled for an arbitration hearing on Feb. 21.
In addition to airing a one-on-one interview with Johan Santana, Burkhardt will show clips from Minaya’s talk with reporters during tonight’s edition of SportsNite on .