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The Mets tried to dump Oliver Perez off on the Royals

Jul 17, 2010, 10:44 AM EDT

An American League source tells Adam Rubin of ESPNNewYork.com that the Mets are trying to trade Oliver Perez. In fact, they even approached the Royals about swapping Perez for Gil Meche.

Meche hasn’t pitched since May 25 due to right shoulder bursitis while Perez hasn’t appeared in a game since May 31 due to patella tendinitis in his right knee. Aside from the fact that they are both on the disabled list, Perez and Meche each make exactly $12 million in 2010 and 2011. It’s a match made in bloated contract heaven.

Don’t get too excited, though, as Rubin writes that Omar Minaya’s efforts to trade the erratic left-hander have predictably went nowhere. Perez is currently three starts into a minor league rehab assignment and unless the Mets uncover another mysterious injury or decide to just cut him loose, he’ll be back with the team by the end of the month.

  1. YankeesfanLen - Jul 17, 2010 at 10:55 AM

    Omar doesn’t realize that the Royals are the Yankees dumping ground? Being from Flushing, you’d think he’d know.

  2. Old Gator - Jul 17, 2010 at 11:00 AM

    Trading a crippled $12mm pitcher for a crippled $12mm pitcher who is also a head case? Yeah, that makes a lot of sense. I doubt if even the Royals are dumb enough to spring for that. Let’s see if Ollie can be restored to some semblance of his old self, than hang him out meathook style by the waiver wire in September when someone within gasping range of a wild card berth might snap him up.

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