Elmer Dessens has agreed to a minor-league contract with the Giants, with Jon Paul Morosi of FOXSports.com reporting that the deal will pay $600,000 if the veteran right-hander makes the team out of spring training.
Dessens spent the past two seasons with the Mets and posted a 2.71 ERA in 80 innings, but that success came from an awful lot of smoke and mirrors as he managed just 30 strikeouts compared to 26 walks.
He’s certainly not a bad pickup on a minor-league deal and Dessens is capable of being a decent middle reliever or long man in the Giants’ bullpen, but don’t expect his 2009/2010 success to continue at age 40.
Clayton Kershaw had nothing left to prove when he exited the mound during his last Cactus League start on Friday. He finished camp with a 0.00 ERA, made all the more impressive after he extended his scoreless streak to 21 1/3 innings following 6 2/3 frames of one-hit ball against the Royals.
In six spring training starts this year, the Dodgers southpaw racked up 12 hits, four walks and 23 strikeouts. His velocity appeared to fluctuate between the high-80s and low-90s from start to start, but manager Dave Roberts told reporters that he expects Kershaw to get back up to the 93 m.p.h. range next week. Kershaw is tabbed for his eighth consecutive Opening Day start on Thursday.
The 30-year-old lefty is poised to enter his 11th season with the club in 2018. He went 18-4 in 27 starts last year and turned in a 2.31 ERA, 1.5 BB/9 and 10.4 SO/9 over 175 innings. He suffered his fair share of bumps and bruises along the way, including a lower back strain that required a five-week stay on the disabled list.
The Dodgers will open their season against the Giants on Thursday, March 29 at 7:08 PM ET. Given the sudden rash of injuries that hit the Giants’ rotation earlier today, Kershaw’s Opening Day opponent has not yet been announced.