A day after Sandy Alderson said he fully expected Oliver Perez to be in spring training with the Mets, and indicated both he and Terry Collins intended to observe the southpaw firsthand in Mexico, Perez had a short night.
Perez, who took a 10-inning scoreless streak into Saturday night's Mexican winter league start against Caneros de los Mochis, was pulled after recording only four outs.
Perez's line: four hits, including a homer, three walks, three earned runs, no strikeouts.
His overall winter ERA jumped from 3.00 to 4.41.
Perez is due to make $12 million next season. And the Mets are sorely lacking pitching depth, particularly in the bullpen, which has no established southpaw relievers. Hisanori Takahashi signed a two-year, $8 million deal with the Los Angeles Angels. Free agent Pedro Feliciano is expected to follow Takahashi's path and depart.