To the surprise of few, Oliver Perez has re-signed with the Mets. The shocker is that the the southpaw was able to extract $36 million over three years from the only team that was seriously bidding for his services.
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That leaves Ben Sheets, Braden Looper and Randy Wolf on the list of serviceable starting pitchers who still haven't found a home for the 2009 season.
The Mets and Yankees were both thought to be interested in Sheets. But the American Leaguers cut off their pursuit when they landed Andy Pettitte for one more year. And the National Leaguers not only seem to have lost interest in Sheets, but the New York Post says they probably are no longer interested in giving Pedro Martinez a shot at making a comeback, either.
Perez has tons of talent but is still something of an enigma. He notched a very average 10-7 record with a 4.22 ERA last season. What pops out at you is that he surrendered only 167 hits in 194 innings pitched. So how could he have been so mediocre? Well, he kept people from hitting their way on base by issuing 105 free passes.
I hate walks. But I sure would have liked to see what Dave Duncan could have done with Perez. A guy who walks so many people almost certainly has inconsistent mechanics, and Duncan has made a career of ironing out mechanical kinks.