|Perez will stay in the Pacific Northwest. (US Presswire)|
Left-handed relief pitcher Oliver Perez has signed a one-year, $1.5-million contract that will keep him in Seattle, reports Jon Heyman of CBSSports.com. Additionally, Perez has the chance to earn up to $600,000 in performance bonuses.
Perez previously signed a three-year, $36-million contract with the Mets prior to the 2009 season as a starting pitcher and it turned out to be an unmitigated disaster. Perez was mercifully released by the Mets in the spring of 2011 with one year left on the deal.
Perez, 31, resurfaced in the majors with the Mariners as a reliever last season and appears to have found a new niche. He had a 2.12 ERA, 1.25 WHIP and 24 strikeouts in 29 2/3 innings. Interestingly, Perez was actually tougher on right-handers than left-handers last season for Seattle, but overall batters hit just .243 against him.