Free-agent left-hander Oliver Perez is on the verge of signing a deal to remain with the New York Mets, SI.com has confirmed. Perez went 10-7 with a 4.22 ERA for the Mets in 2008.
As recently as a few days ago, the Mets were talking about giving Perez a three-year, $36 million deal but it isn't known yet whether that number changed. Fellow free-agent lefty Randy Wolf was the Mets' fallback option. The Dodgers are now the most logical destination for Wolf. The Mets have already added Tim Redding as a potential No. 5 starter this winter at the back of a rotation that is fronted by Johan Santana and includes righties John Maine and Mike Pelfrey.
Perez had been wanting to return to the Mets all along. He recently got married and was having trouble envisioning himself elsewhere than Queens, where he has pitched since being acquired in a 2006 trade with the Pittsburgh Pirates.
FoxSports.com first reported this afternoon that the two sides were closer to a deal.