Mets not meeting with Perez

Omar Minaya has no plans to head to the Dominican Republic this week, and the Mets are not interested in free agent lefthander Odalis Perez, several outlets reported Tuesday.

Perez was quoted in an Associated Press report that he "was excited about the possibility of joining Pedro Martinez in the Mets' rotation," and that a potential meeting between Perez and Minaya would take place on Tuesday or Wednesday.

But the Mets already have five starting pitchers, having added Martinez to a set of Tom Glavine, Kris Benson, Victor Zambrano and Steve Trachsel earlier this month. Minaya has said that he planned to work from his New Jersey home office through the New Year.

"I think there may have been a misunderstanding," Perez's agent, Fernando Cuza, told the Westchester (N.Y.) Journal-News.

Adding Perez – who was 7-6 with a 3.25 ERA in 31 starts for the Los Angeles Dodgers last year – would appear to be extraneous, unless the Mets wound up dealing one of their five starters.

Trachsel would be the likeliest, due to his affordable contract and the long-term situations of the Mets' other starters, but the team is fond of Trachsel and is not inclined to deal him.

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