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02/08/11 11:40 PM EST
Giants add veteran Dessens to bullpen mix
By Jim Street / MLB.com
The Giants added another veteran arm to their bullpen competition on Tuesday. Right-hander Elmer Dessens, a stellar middle-to-late-inning reliever with the Mets last season, posting a 2.30 ERA in 53 appearances, has signed a Minor League contract with the reigning World Series champions, according to Puro Beisbol. Details of the deal were not disclosed, but it is believed that Dessens received an invitation to Major League camp. The 40-year-old Dessens, from Hermosillo, Mexico, received interest from several clubs this winter, including the Mariners and Orioles, according to his agent. With Dessens on board, along with recently signed Jeff Suppan to a Minor League contract, the Giants now have a pair of seasoned sinkerball specialists in the mix for relief innings alongside high-strikeout right-handers Sergio Romo and Santiago Casilla. Dessens is trying to become the first Mexican-born pitcher to pitch into his 40s, an age he reached on Jan. 13. The well-traveled reliever has played for nine other MLB teams, compiling a record of 47-57 with a 4.43 ERA in 398 games, including 140 starts. He has five saves.
Jim Street is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.