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Mets Make Offer To Oliver Perez

"During tonight’s Hot Stove show on the MLB Network, SI.com’s Jon Heyman said the Mets offered free-agent LHP Oliver Perez a three-year deal, ‘worth close to $30 million.’" Eric's take: Interesting. I had read last week that Minaya favored Perez even though almost everyone else fancied Derek Lowe, but I didn't realize he liked him so much that he'd throw an offer out there. I think Perez will be about as quick to accept this deal as Lowe was to accept the 3/$36 million deal the Mets offered him (which was rebuffed and whose very existence has been denied by Scott Boras). Clearly, Minaya is not content to lose both Lowe and Perez, so he now (reportedly) has offers on the table for each. Who knows where Boras will take this.

Tex is a Yankee

This is what the NY Times is reporting, without details. So does this hurt our chances of getting Derek Lowe now that the Sox have some money to blow? Update: ESPN is reporting 8 years/$180 million. http://sports.espn.go.com/mlb/news/story?id=3790141

Report: Mets Acquire J.J. Putz In Three-Team Deal

The Seattle Mariners sent right-handed reliever J.J. Putz to the New York Mets on Wednesday night as part of a three-team, nine-player trade with the Cleveland Indians. The blockbuster deal, which is the first for Mariners general manager Jack Zduriencik, was confirmed on Wednesday night by a Major League official. The Mariners receive right-handed pitcher Aaron Heilman, outfielder Endy Chavez and first baseman Mike Carp from the Mets, along with outfielder Franklin Gutierrez from the Indians. Putz, who has been involved in trade rumors for several weeks, becomes the eighth-inning setup man for new Mets closer Frankie Rodriguez. Second baseman Luis Valbuena will go the Indians, who also get right-handed pitcher Joe Smith from the Mets in the deal. Mariners right-handed reliever Sean Green and center fielder Jeremy Reed also are going to the Mets in the trade. Update... The Mets also sent Minor League right-hander Maikel Cleto, outfielder Ezequiel Carrera and left-hander Jason Vargas to the Mariners.
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