Giants turn to Brian Lawrence after minor league deal with Elmer Dessens falls through

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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.

Marco Estrada signs a one-year, $13 million deal for 2018

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Marco Estrada and the Blue Jays have agreed to a one-year, $13 million extension with the Blue Jays, reports Jon Morosi of MLB.com. Last night Morosi reported that the sides were near a deal.

This extension is, functionally, like adding a year on to his old deal, which paid him $26 million for the 2016-17 seasons. As Bill noted last night. while the 34-year-old right-hander has a subpar 4.84 ERA on the season, he has a solid 170/67 K/BB ratio in 176.2 innings this year and has improved in the second half.

The Red Sox will air anti-racism PSA before games beginning next week

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Adrian Walker of the Boston Globe reports that the Boston Red Sox will air an anti-racism public service announcement at Fenway Park before their game on September 28. This is part of a large campaign backed by the Sox, the Boston Bruins, Boston Celtics, New England Patriots and New England Revolution “featuring athletes calling on fans to take a stand against racism and hate speech at sports venues.”

This comes in the wake of a group of protesters hanging an anti-racism banner in Fenway Park last week which, in turn came a few months after Adam Jones, like many visiting players of color before him, claimed that racial epithets were hurled at him by fans in the Fenway bleachers.

Red Sox CEO Sam Kennedy tells the globe that the Jones incident is what inspired the PSA campaign:

“When the incidents in May occurred, one of the first things we recognized was sports teams are high-profile, and we have the opportunity to help lead a high-level discussion around this,” he said. “We wanted to take the lead in taking a stand against racism.”