NEW YORK -- The Mets might be closer to filling another slot in their starting rotation with a familiar face.Speaking on MLB Network's Hot Stove show, SI.com's Jon Heyman reported on Monday that the Mets have offered left-hander Oliver Perez a three-year contract Heyman believes is worth close to $30 million. Perez spent the last two seasons in New York after being acquired in midseason 2006. He went 10-7 with a 4.22 ERA and 180 strikeouts in 194 innings while making 34 starts in 2008. In 2007, Perez made 29 starts and went 15-10 with a 3.56 ERA and 174 strikeouts in 177 innings. Heyman said the contract offer is a result of the Mets being "discouraged by negotiations with [free-agent right-hander Derek] Lowe, who is also being pursued by the Braves and maybe the Phillies and maybe the Brewers." Heyman also said Mets general manager Omar Minaya would rather sign Perez, while the Mets front office prefers Lowe.
Doug Miller is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.