Mets Set Sights On Former Closer Chris Perez

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Jorge Castillo of the Star-Leger reports on the Mets’ search for a late-inning reliever to supplement Vic Black and Bobby Parnell.

One option the Mets are considering is former Indians closer Chris Perez, according to a person with knowledge of the club’s thinking. The person requested anonymity to speak freely on the matter.

Perez is just 28 years old and a two-time All-Star. He is two years removed from compiling a career-high 39 saves. He recorded 36 saves in 2012 and was one of the sport’s premier set-up men in 2011, posting a 1.71 ERA in 63 games

But 2013 was a disaster. On the field, he has a 4.33 ERA and boycotted the media for nearly two months. Off the field, he and his wife were arrested on drug possession charges on June 4. The Indians released him on Halloween.

I still think it was a silly misstep by the front office to not bring back LaTroy Hawkins for $2.5 million dollars. Are you seeing what more inferior relievers have been getting this Winter with most averaging $3-4 million and up?

Castillo quotes Sandy Alderson, who says that he would like to have somebody more established that could pitch late in games.

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