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Red Sox looking at Ryan Dempster, Kyle Lohse

Dec 4, 2012, 1:41 PM EDT

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The Red Sox are sitting out the Zack Greinke chase and they don’t seem very interested in spending what it would take to land Anibal Sanchez, but they are kicking the tires on Ryan Dempster and Kyle Lohse, according to reports.

WEEI’s Alex Speier writes about the interest in Dempster, who is seeking a three-year deal. Dempster, 35, had a 2.25 ERA in 16 starts for the Cubs and then a 5.09 ERA in 12 starts for the Rangers last year. His stint with the Rangers was his first in the AL after 15 seasons in the NL.

CBSSports.com’s Jon Heyman has the Red Sox and Angels among the suitors for Lohse, who wants a four- or five-year deal. Lohse, 34, went 16-3 with a 2.86 ERA for the Cardinals last season. He was also 2-1 with a 3.98 ERA in four postseason starts. Lohse has pitched in the NL each of the last six years after opening his career 51-57 with a 4.88 ERA in six years with the Twins.

The Red Sox are also looking at Brandon McCarthy and could well be in the running for Edwin Jackson and Shaun Marcum before all is said and done. They were among the teams that considered Dan Haren, both before he officially became a free agent and afterwards, but according to the Boston Globe’s Nick Cafardo, they were scared off by his medicals.

  1. uyf1950 - Dec 4, 2012 at 1:51 PM

    Now this is what I’m talking about the Red Sox are back to “looking at” players. I guess signing guys like David Ross, Jonny Gomes and Mike Napoli for either more years or more money or in some case(s) both then they are worth has worn out the Red Sox hierarchy.

  2. 1943mrmojorisin1971 - Dec 4, 2012 at 1:56 PM

    Glad to see that having to endure Jon Lackey has forced them to come to their senses. Either one of these guys would certainly help the rotation, assuming Buchholz and Lester can be healthy and solid.

    • dcfan4life - Dec 4, 2012 at 2:06 PM

      Why not sign both. They have the cash, desperately need starting pitching, contend in one tough division, need to make a splash, probably wont have to over pay too much if at all. Seems the Red Sox are so gun shy right now on starting pitching. Beckett and Lackey failed and were paid top dollar, but not paying for top pitching in that division assures mediocrity.

  3. fanofevilempire - Dec 4, 2012 at 2:46 PM

    Red Sox will finish fourth with the players that they are assembling.
    What a GREAT XMAS gift, another year with no playoff appearance.

    Oh boy.

  4. makeham98 - Dec 4, 2012 at 3:24 PM

    I’d love to see Lohse in Boston. The crowd would chew him up and spit him out before Memorial Day.

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