Dessens agrees to minor league contract with Mets

Right-hander Elmer Dessens is staying with the New York Mets,

agreeing to a minor league contract.

Dessens, who turns 39 next month, would get a split contract if

added to the 40-man roster that would pay $700,000 in the majors

and $90,000 in the minors.

He had no record and a 3.31 ERA in 28 appearances for the Mets

last season, and has a 48-62 record with five teams in 13 major

league seasons.

He can earn $150,000 in bonuses under Friday’s deal: $30,000

each for 20, 30, 40, 50 and 60 relief appearances.