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.