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Ryan Dempster wants three-year deal; Red Sox, Brewers, Angels in mix

Nov 29, 2012, 11:51 AM EDT

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Ryan Dempster mostly struggled after being traded from the Cubs to the Rangers and will be 36 years old in 2013, but apparently that hasn’t stopped him from generating plenty of interest as a free agent.

Ken Rosenthal of FOXSports.com reports that the Red Sox, Angels, and Brewers are among the teams pursuing Dempster. And not only that, according to Rosenthal the veteran right-hander is seeking a three-year contract.

Dempster has typically been more of a second or third starter than a true No. 1 guy and his velocity is trending in the wrong direction, so to make a three-year commitment that starts at age 36 seems awfully risky without a ton of upside.

  1. jarathen - Nov 29, 2012 at 11:55 AM

    The Angels are idiots if they sign Ryan Dempster after letting Dan Haren walk.

  2. uyf1950 - Nov 29, 2012 at 12:10 PM

    Dare I say it and possibly offend the sensibilities of some Red Sox fans on this site? Oh well, why not. Yet another player the Red Sox have interest in. Will he have interest in the Red Sox? I have my suspicions.

    • stex52 - Nov 29, 2012 at 1:37 PM

      I wouldn’t get too stressed. Sox and Phillies fans are the most sensitive on this blog. Phillies fans will come around when they realize it’s all in fun. Sox fans, not so much.

  3. malvord13 - Nov 29, 2012 at 12:27 PM

    I bet they are trading away Lester for Myers and are taking dempster to fill his spot for now. And now the sox are interested in Wilson, maybe sox will trade a closer to the royals in a package deal including Lester either baily or Wilson for Myers and a minor league pitcher in which they got from the pirates in a recent deal.

    • 1943mrmojorisin1971 - Nov 29, 2012 at 1:24 PM

      Lester isn’t going anywhere. To trade him now would be selling incredibly low.

  4. Carl Hancock - Nov 29, 2012 at 12:28 PM

    I hope the Red Sox give him 4 years. He’d fit right in with the other dumb deals they’ve made this offseason.

  5. prosourcetalk - Nov 29, 2012 at 12:59 PM

    The Sox could have saved themselves a lot of money this offseason by just having a dumpster delivered to Fenway then lighting it on fire.

  6. raysfan1 - Nov 29, 2012 at 1:26 PM

    “We will offer you 2 years for $6 million.”
    “You want 3 years? Okay, we will offer you 3 years for $6 million.”

  7. bostonboy82 - Nov 29, 2012 at 1:37 PM

    This is classic Boston garbage pick up material for too much money.

  8. bigt12789 - Nov 29, 2012 at 1:49 PM

    Why is it that as soon as a free agent is even linked to Red Sox all the trolls bash it? So far they’ve signed two guys for a grand total of 16 million. Yes they might have paid too much but the free agent class this year is weak. I’d rather the Sox sign guys to short deals than have a team of players who are overpaid and have to worry about renewing their AARP subscription this off season.

    • uyf1950 - Nov 29, 2012 at 3:13 PM

      Considering the main needs of the Red Sox, pitching, outfield help and 1st base and short stop there are some pretty decent players that are FA’s. For Example in Pitchers: Anibal Sanchez, Zack Greinke, Edwin Jackson and Kyle Lohse. In the outfield: Nick Swisher, Cody Ross and Michael Bourn and until just recently B.J. Upton. All of those players or anyone of them fit a Red Sox need and are young. So the FA class especially for what the Red Sox needs are really isn’t weak. They just need to spend some of that money they saved from dumping Gonzalez, Crawford and Beckett’s contracts.

  9. drewzducks - Nov 29, 2012 at 4:42 PM

    This is the Sox 2012 equivalent of the Danny Darwin signing of yesteryear. Geniuses.

  10. uyf1950 - Nov 29, 2012 at 5:20 PM

    I’m waiting for HBT to put up a blog that the Red Sox have interest in yet another player. This time it will be Adam LaRoche.

  11. brewcrewchamps - Nov 29, 2012 at 6:07 PM

    So let me get this straight. The Crew signed Suppan for multiple years, which didn’t quite work out. Then got Wolf for multiple years, which didn’t quite work out. Now they want Dempster for multiple years.

    Any takers on how it ends? I’m guessing one good year then falls apart the next one-two, as history has shown.

    • matckeeper - Nov 30, 2012 at 2:13 AM

      I was just going to say something about how this is the last guy the BrewCrew needs to sign.
      I understand their thinking, that Dempster always pitches well against the Crew in Milwaukee so it would be a good fit for him….but as you said, we know how this will end up.

      Why not instead get a stud bullpen arm? Soriano and Axford at the back end?

  12. sawxalicious - Nov 30, 2012 at 2:05 AM

    The Sox could sign him for three years, play him for one year, then trade him to the Dodgers…

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