Oliver Perez Back with Mets: The Drama Is Finally Over

Dominick DiFucciAnalyst IFebruary 2, 2009

According to ESPN, the Mets and Oliver Perez have agreed to a three-year, $36 million contract.

The deal is pending a physical, the sources said.

Perez rejoins a rotation headlined by Johan Santana and also including right-handers John Maine and Mike Pelfrey. Newly signed right-handers Freddy Garcia and Tim Redding will vie for the fifth spot in the rotation.

Perez was 10-7 with a 4.22 ERA in 34 starts last year. He struck out 180 and also walked 105 in 194 innings. His 4.87 walks per nine innings were fourth highest in the majors, behind only Barry Zito, Daisuke Matsuzaka, and Ian Snell.

He will receive $12 million in each of the three seasons, up from the $6.5 million he made last year after winning in salary arbitration.