Perez Trade to Mets is Rumored

With the Dodgers getting a day off after sweeping Milwaukee, bringing up the thought, 'would you rather keep playing while you are hot' or 'its time for a break, we'll take it?" In any event, rumors have it that the Mets, who lost starter Victor Zambrano for the season, might be interested in the brilliant but inconsistent Odalis Perez. With the well-rested Perez scheduled to make a start tonight (Tuesday), his efforts will be scrutinized closely.

The Dodgers tried to trade him during the off-season, but no one was willing to take on his salary which is $9 this year and $10 next year, courtesy of Paul DePodesta. He even got a club option for 2008, which can be bought out for $1.5 million.

Two sources told the Los Angeles Times that the Dodgers will contact the Mets about Perez … soon.

Perez finally returned calls from the Dodgers and told assistant general manager Kim Ng that he would return from bereavement leave today (Tuesday). He has been visiting his mother, who is in a Dominican hospital.

Aaron Sele, after a sparkling start against Milwaukee, has earned a spot on the roster and Manager Grady Little is leaning toward sending a position player to Triple-A and going with 11 pitchers for a short time. If that was the case, utility infielder Oscar Robles is the most obvious candidate to go down.

But if a pitcher is demoted, it might be Franquelis Osoria, who has been roughed up and has a 6.91 earned-run average in 14.1 innings. As an aside. when Zambrano went down for the season, the Mets called up old friend Jose Lima, a 13-game winner for the Dodgers in 2004 but 5-16 for Kansas City in 2005, although one of his six wins was a shutout of the Dodgers. In his first game for the Mets he allowed seven hits and five runs in five innings.

Martin Impresses-- Russell Martin, rushed up from Las Vegas when Dioner Navarro went down after being hit by a pitch, has been impressive at the plate, slugging a two-run double in his first game and a home run in the final game of the Brewer's series.

But his ability to block pitches in the dirt has really drawn raves from the staff. He blocked a pair of wicked pitches thrown by Sele on Sunday, saving a run while the game was still in doubt.

Elite Company--The Detroit Tigers were only the third team in baseball history to outscore their opponents by 42-5 or more in a six-game span. The streak covered games with the Twins, Royals and Angeles and was exactly 42-5.

The Yankees hold the rare high runs scored-low runs allowed record with a 45-5 run in August, 1948 and the Dodgers had a 44-5 stretch in June of 1969.