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Free agent starting pitcher Ryan Dempster is seeking a three year contract this offseason, having already rejected two year deals from at lest three teams. One of those teams is the Boston Red Sox, although talks have once again heated up, with Dempster possibly reconsidering his stance at insisting on teams adding a third year to any deal. Dempster will turn 36-years-old during the second month of the 2013 MLB season, but he is still a serviceable starter. After seeing what other pitchers have gotten on the market over the past few years, there is no doubt that he has every right to look for a three year deal. Along with the Red Sox, Dempster has reportedly turned down two year deals from the Milwaukee Brewers and Kansas City Royals. They were all believed to be in the market of two years for approximately $25 million. Dempster is likely looking for a three year deal worth around $34-$36 million. But while the Red Sox are unlikely to add a third year to any contract offer, they appear willing to up their offer of two years to Dempster. They would rather give him a bump in his annual salary for two years than to be on the hook for a third year, albeit at a lower annual salary. Boston may be most hesitant to go for a third year due to the fact that Dempster did not pitch nearly as well in the American League last season as a member of the Texas Rangers as he had with the Chicago Cubs in the National League. In fact, before being traded to Texas during the middle of last season, Dempster had spent his entire career in the senior circuit, having also pitched for the Cincinnati Reds and Florida/Miami Marlins. Dempster went 7-3 during his time with Texas in 2012, but that came with quite a caveat. His ERA was 5.09 with the Rangers. He got lit up against a few of the deeper lineups in the American League, and his Interleague record was less than impressive when he pitched against junior circuit teams during his time with the Marlins, Reds and Cubs. If the Dempster experiment does not end up going as well as Boston had planned, they would rather it only go badly for two seasons instead of three. Then again, it would still cost them a lot just to find out the results, regardless for how long.   The post MLB Rumors: Can Boston Red Sox Sign Ryan Dempster For Two Years? appeared first on Hardball Chat Baseball Blog.

Boston Red Sox Land Ryan Dempster With a Two-Year Deal

The pitching market is growing increasingly thin this offseason.  Dan Haren has signed, Brandon McCarthy has signed, Zack Greinke has signed, James Shields has been traded.  The list goes on.  That leaves older players like Ryan Dempster.  He was a hot commodity at the July 31st trade deadline last season and ended up in Texas.  He struggled after the trade, but despite...

Report: Red Sox closing in on Dempster

The Boston Red Sox are closing in on a deal with free-agent pitcher Ryan Dempster, a baseball source told Dempster turned down a pair of two-year offers worth between $25 million and $26 million from the Red Sox and Royals last week, the source said, and was believed to be seeking a third year. The 35-year-old Dempster had logged at least 200 innings for the Cubs from...

AP Sources: Dempster, Red Sox agree at $26.5M

The Boston Red Sox have agreed to terms with right-hander Ryan Dempster on a two-year contract worth $26.5 million, two people familiar with the negotiations said Thursday. Red Sox general manager Ben Cherington would not comment on Dempster at a news conference to announce the signing of outfielder Shane Victorino. ''We're engaged with a pitcher. That's all I can...

Ryan Dempster Agrees To Two-Year Deal With Red Sox

With their outfield bolstered through the signings of Johnny Gomes and Shane Victorino, the Red Sox have turned their focus to strengthening their pitching staff. On Thursday, the Sox  reached a two-year, $26.5 million deal with right-handed starting pitcher Ryan Dempster. According to ESPN’s Gordon Edes, Dempster turned down a two-year, $25 million offer last week from the...

Report: Dempster, Red Sox agree at 26.5M

BOSTON (AP) -- The Boston Red Sox have agreed to terms with right-hander Ryan Dempster on a two-year contract worth 26.5 million, two people familiar with the negotiations said Thursday. Red Sox general manager Ben Cherington would not comment on Dempster at a news conference to announce the signing of outfielder Shane Victorino. "We're engaged with a pitcher. That'...

Ryan Dempster signs two-year deal with Red Sox

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Red Sox and Ryan Dempster reengage in contract talks

The Boston Red Sox and Ryan Dempster have resumed contract talks. Dempster has been seeking a three-year deal worth $39 million this winter while the Red Sox are said to have offered him a two-year deal worth $25 million. While its unknown if either side has budged from their original stance, Ken Rosenthal described the discussions between the two as “serious.” In 28 starts last...

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According to Ken Rosenthal, Ryan Dempster is close to signing with the Boston Red Sox. Assuming the deal gets done, you’re going to hear a lot about how Dempster is an NL pitcher transitioning to the AL East, and how this is bound to go poorly. You’re going to hear about Dempster’s 5.09 ERA with Texas after the mid-season trade ended his long stint as an NL only pitcher,...

Report: Ryan Dempster, Red Sox in ‘Serious Discussions’ on Contract

The Red Sox need at least one more starting pitcher, and they may have zeroed in on one specific target. Earlier this offseason the Red Sox offered a two-year, $26 million contract to Ryan Dempster, which he flatly rejected. Well, apparently Boston is willing to budge from that original offer, as according to Fox Sports’ Ken Rosenthal and other sources, Dempster and the Red Sox...

Report: Ryan Dempster, Red Sox Agree to Two-Year Deal Worth $26.5 Million

It sounding more and more likely that Ryan Dempster will pitch for the Red Sox in 2013.’s Ken Rosenthal reports that the free-agent pitcher has agreed to a two-year deal with the Red Sox. That’s reportedly just pending a physical at this point. According to Rosenthal, the deal will be worth $26.5 million. Sources: Dempster close with #RedSox on two-year, $26.5 million...

Report: Red Sox, Ryan Dempster ‘Close’ to Deal

The Red Sox are inching closer to adding some much-needed pitching help. FOX Sports’ Ken Rosenthal reports that the Sox and free-agent pitcher Ryan Dempster are “close.” We assume, of course, that this means they are close to coming to terms on a deal. It was reported Wednesday that the two sides were in “serious discussions” about a deal, but nothing had been finalized...

Red Sox sign Ryan Dempster

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The Red Sox have an obvious need for a fifth starter — not necessarily a No. 5 starter — and they’re willing to exhaust all of their options in looking to solidify their rotation. Boston has shown an interest in Ryan Dempster, Kyle Lohse, Francisco Liriano, Shaun Marcum and Anibal Sanchez, according to Sean McAdam of Comcast Sports Net. The Red Sox are still looking to sign...

Rumor Roundup: Thursday, December 13 by Will Woods

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