Oliver Perez walked six batters in a start for Culiacan in the Mexican winter league on Thursday night, but the left-hander nonetheless limited Hermosillo to two runs and three hits while striking out five in six innings.
Perez avoided major damage in the fifth when Hermosillo loaded the bases on a pair of walks and a throwing error by Perez. He then struck out Luis A. Garcia and retired ex-Met Karim Garcia on a groundout to escape the frame unscathed.
Overall, Perez has a 5.14 ERA in winter ball. He has allowed 20 walks and 25 hits in 28 innings. Against left-handed batters, opponents have a .171 average, seven hits, five walks and 12 strikeouts in 12 1/3 innings.
Mets GM Sandy Alderson has acknowledged there is no trade market for Perez (owed $12 million in 2011) or second baseman Luis Castillo ($6 million). As a result, both players are expected in spring training camp with the Mets. Still, Alderson also is on the record saying the players have to make the club. While Perez right now may be the top left-handed relief option under control, manager Terry Collins has strongly indicated Alderson will secure capable left-handed relief this offseason.