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Ryan Dempster turns down $26 million offer from Royals, Cubs not involved in bidding

Dec 5, 2012, 9:18 PM EDT

Ryan Dempster AP

10:13 p.m. EST update: According to Gordon Wittenmyer of the Chicago Sun-Times, negotiations between the Cubs and Ryan Dempster are “not happening” and a reunion is “implausible.”


9:10 p.m. EST update:’s Bruce Levine says the Cubs and Dempster are discussing the parameters of a deal. Dempster spent 8 1/2 seasons with the Cubs before being traded to the Rangers in July.


Holding out for a three-year contract, Ryan Dempster turned down a two-year, $26 million deal from the Royals, according to the Kansas City Star’s Bob Dutton.

Dempster asked the Royals to go to three years, but that appears to be a deal breaker for Kansas City.

Besides Kansas City, Boston and Milwaukee appear to be the prime suitors for Dempster. The Red Sox have already handed out a pair of three-year, $39 million contracts to Mike Napoli and Shane Victorino, so what’s one more?

The Angels were also interested in Dempster, but they’ve backed away now, says’s Jon Heyman.

Dempster went 5-5 with a 2.25 ERA in 16 starts for the Cubs and 7-3 with a 5.09 ERA in 12 starts for the Rangers last season. While the latter mark doesn’t speak well of his ability to pitch in the AL, he did have a 70/25 K/BB ratio in 69 innings with Texas.

  1. beefytrout - Dec 5, 2012 at 7:37 PM

    Bit of a ballsy move on KC’s part, no?

  2. mazblast - Dec 5, 2012 at 8:03 PM

    Kind of ballsy move on Dempster’s part, too. I’ve always liked him and hope he’s not following the Jody Reed money path.

  3. bigherm74 - Dec 5, 2012 at 9:22 PM

    He probably will except a 2 year offer from the Cubs since he feels comfortable there family there and he feels he owes them since they reaurrected his career

    • eshine76 - Dec 5, 2012 at 10:02 PM

      I’d argue he owes them for blowing up that trade with Atlanta and then trying to force his way to the Dodgers.

  4. brewcrewfan54 - Dec 5, 2012 at 10:06 PM

    “How’s he supposed to feed his family on $13 million a year?”

    -wondered Latrell Sprewell

  5. boyofzimmer - Dec 5, 2012 at 10:32 PM

    You are not welcome back in Chicago… Burned your bridges.

    • brewcrewfan54 - Dec 5, 2012 at 10:38 PM

      How’s that?

      • jwbiii - Dec 9, 2012 at 8:18 AM

        Before being traded to the Dodgers, he vetoed a trade to the Braves, which some thought had a better return.

    • shorttracknews - Dec 6, 2012 at 2:25 PM

      He’s welcome back…just not at 13M per…

  6. dizoakiusmaximus - Dec 6, 2012 at 4:33 AM

    Big fan of Dempster. Phils could use him, especially if they’re trying to move Lee or Worley.

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