Feb 14, 2011, 4:19 PM EST
Last week the Giants signed Elmer Dessens to a minor-league contract that would pay $600,000 if he makes the team out of spring training. Or so they thought.
Henry Schulman of the San Francisco Chronicle now reports that the deal with Dessens “fell through” and the Giants won’t be signing him, instead inking former Padres and (very briefly) Mets starter Brian Lawrence to a minor-league contract.
Dessens seemingly would’ve had a pretty good shot of cracking the Giants’ bullpen after posting a 2.71 ERA in 80 innings for the Mets during the past two seasons, but Lawrence is more of an unknown.
In fact, the 32-year-old right-hander hasn’t pitched in the majors since way back in 2007 and hasn’t been healthy and effective in the majors since 2004.
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