Mets agree to contract terms with playoff hero Perez

NEW YORK -- Postseason savior Oliver Perez and the New York
Mets agreed Friday to a one-year contract worth $2,325,000.

Acquired July 31 from Pittsburgh with reliever Roberto Hernandez
for Xavier Nady, Perez was 1-3 with a 6.38 ERA in seven
regular-season starts with the Mets and 3-13 with a 6.55 ERA in 22
major league starts overall.

Following injuries to Pedro Martinez and Orlando Hernandez, the
25-year-old left-hander became only the second pitcher with a
regular-season record 10 games under .500 to start a postseason
game, following Albie Lopez (9-19) for Arizona in 2001.

With New York trailing 2-1 in the NL Championship Series, Perez
helped the Mets to a 12-5 victory in Game 4, allowing two runs in
the first four innings and five runs and nine hits over 5 2/3
innings overall. Then he allowed one run and four hits over six
innings in Game 7, leaving with the score 1-all. The Mets went on
to lose 3-1.

Martinez will miss the first half of next season following
shoulder surgery, leaving Tom Glavine and Hernandez to lead the
rotation, with Perez, John Maine, Mike Pelfrey, Philip Humber and
Dave Williams expected to compete for spots.

Perez made $1.9 million last season. In addition to his salary
this year, he could earn $12,500 each for 15 and 25 starts, and
$25,000 each for 155, 165, 175, 185 and 195 innings.

Outfielder Endy Chavez and catcher Ramon Castro remain eligible
for arbitration.