Omar trying to dump Perez; no takers

The Mets are trying to peddle Oliver Perez, who is midway through a three-year, $36 million contract, an American League source told ESPNNewYork.com.

Oliver Perez

Oliver Perez

#46 SP
New York Mets

2010 STATS

  • GM11
  • W0

  • L3

  • BB33

  • K30

  • ERA6.28

Predictably, those talks have gone nowhere.

In one scenario, the Mets approached the Kansas City Royals about exchanging Perez for right-hander Gil Meche (0-4, 6.66 ERA in nine starts). Meche hasn't even pitched since May 25 because of shoulder bursitis. Meche's contract, like Perez's deal, runs through 2011 and is for an identical $12 million a season.

Perez's next rehab appearance is Saturday for Triple-A Buffalo. In his most recent outing with the Bisons, he walked five, hit two batters and had two wild pitches in five innings.