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Friday, July 16, 2010
Omar trying to dump Perez; no takers

By Adam Rubin

The Mets are trying to peddle Oliver Perez, who is midway through a three-year, $36 million contract, an American League source told ESPNNewYork.com.

Predictably, those talks have gone nowhere.

In one scenario, the Mets approached the Kansas City Royals about exchanging Perez for right-hander Gil Meche (0-4, 6.66 ERA in nine starts). Meche hasn't even pitched since May 25 because of shoulder bursitis. Meche's contract, like Perez's deal, runs through 2011 and is for an identical $12 million a season.

Perez's next rehab appearance is Saturday for Triple-A Buffalo. In his most recent outing with the Bisons, he walked five, hit two batters and had two wild pitches in five innings.