Elmer Dessens to Return to New York Mets In 2010?

Phil HoopsCorrespondent INovember 25, 2009

NEW YORK - AUGUST 22:  Elmer Dessens #64 of the New York Mets pitches against the Philadelphia Phillies during the game on August 22, 2009 at Citi Field in the Flushing neighborhood of the Queens borough of New York City.  (Photo by Jared Wickerham/Getty Images)
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According to FoxSports.com's Ken Rosenthal and Jon Paul Morosi, the Mets are interested in bringing back reliever Elmer Dessens for the 2010 season.

In 2009, Dessens was quite the bargain for the Mets, as he had his best year in the big leagues since 2005, posting a 3.31 ERA in 32.2 innings.

His K:BB ratio wasn't the best (14:10), but he was still able to manage to get hitters out.

The 13-year veteran has compiled a lifetime record of 48-62 throughout his career and has an ERA of 4.53.

According to Bill James' projections for next year, Dessens should expect to see his ERA inflate a bit to 4.11.

I have no problem with the Mets trying to bring back the 38-year-old, however, I think that offering anything above a minor league deal would be a huge mistake, as the team should work on building around younger players, especially in the bullpen.

To me, the ideal role for Dessens would be a spot in the Buffalo Bisons' bullpen, only to be used in the event that one of the relievers on the big league team gets injured.