The most up-to-date content on the planet
this just in
 RSS
WEEI » This Just In » Sources: Sox, Dempster agree to 2-yr deal
Thu, 12/13/2012 - 4:10pm  

Sources: Sox, Dempster agree to 2-yr deal

Multiple industry sources confirmed that the Red Sox have reached a two-year, $26.5 million agreement (pending a physical) with free agent Ryan Dempster. The deal does not include an option. Terms of the deal were first reported by Ken Rosenthal of Fox Sports (via twitter). 

Dempster went 12-8 with a 3.38 ERA in 173 innings in 2012 with the Cubs and Rangers, though he went 7-3 with a 5.09 ERA after Texas acquired him at the trade deadline. Though 35, Dempster has been durable with a strong track record since moving from the bullpen to the rotation with the Cubs in 2008. Over the last five years, he’s averaged 199 innings a year (2012, in fact, was the first time in that span during which he’d failed to log 200 innings) with a 65-49 record and 3.74 ERA.

One major league source suggested that the Sox should -- and likely do  -- have “modest expectations” for the veteran, describing him as the best option available on a relatively short-term deal that permits the team to minimize risk, rather than a true impact starter who can transform a rotation.

“He’ll carve up weaker lineups and will be a positive clubhouse guy,” said the source. “[But it's] hard to expect much against the deeper lineups and I don’t think [the Sox] do.”

Free-agent left-hander Rich Hill, who played with Dempster with the Cubs from 2005-08 and spent the last three seasons with the Red Sox, suggested that the right-hander would make an extremely strong addition in Boston. 

"Dempster would be a GREAT addition to that clubhouse," Hill wrote in a text. "One of the best teammates I have played with!"

While there have been questions about how Dempster might adapt to the American League East after spending almost all of his career (save for the last couple months of 2012, after he was traded from the Cubs to the Rangers) in the NL, Hill suggested that the 35-year-old has the stuff and mindset to sustain strong results even with a change of league and division. 

"No doubt that he would do extremely well in the East," wrote Hill. "I look at how guys bounce back from outings that did not go so well and he does a great job of that. He has only gotten better as time has gone on. Also, playing in a city like Boston brings everyone's game to their peak level. There is no question his stuff will play!"

For more on Dempster, and why he appealed to the Sox given the market alternatives, click here. For complete Red Sox coverage, visit weei.com/redsox.




Audio On Demand

NFL Sunday - the offseaso…

NFL Sunday - the offseason edition - with Greg Dickerson and Chris Price -- HOUR #2 -- 3-29-15

Greg and Chris talk with Mike Reiss from ESPN Boston in hour 2 of NFL Sunday to discuss a variety of offseason happenings with the Pats and throughout the league. Greg and Chris also get into the NFL Draft and where Mariota and Winston will go.

Mike Reiss, ESPN Boston/ESPN NFL Nation, joins DIckerson and Price on NFL Sunday 3-29-15

Mike Reiss calls the guys to talk about the offseason news for the Pats. He talks about the Pats/Jets tampoering fiasco, free agency, where he sees Ridley and Connolly ending up, if the Patriots would be interested in Reggie Wayne and more.

NFL Sunday - the offseason edition - with Greg Dickerson and Chris Price -- HOUR #1 -- 3-29-15

In the first hour of the show, Greg and Chris discuss the news coming out of the owners' meetings this week and rule changes. Belichick's blow-up over the league not wanting to spend on endzone cameras was well documented and the guys react. They also talk about the Jets ridiculous tampering charges, free agents still lingering out there, where Stevan Ridley will land and the RB position in New England. Dickerson and Price briefly discuss the adventures of Tom Brady before being joined by WEEI.com's Mike Petraglia to talk all things Pats in the offseason.

We Love Anthony Davis - C…

We Love Anthony Davis - Celtics Playoff Push, 3-25-15

Brow Buff's Sam Packard and Ben Kichen break down Marcus Smart's unfortunate ball tap, debate leadership in the Celtics locker room, and rehash the great Kevin Love to Boston rumors.

SB Nation's Paul Flannery joins Mike Mutnansky, 2-19-15

Flannery joins Mut to break down the Isaiah Thomas trade to Boston and what it means for the Celtics this season and in the future. Paul also chats with Mut about the other deals that happened at the NBA's trading deadline

SI's Chris Mannix with Dale and Holley

We talk to Chris Mannix from SI to break down the C's acquisition of Isaiah Thomas and the crazy trade deadline in the rest of the NBA.

Red Sox Assistant GM Mike…

Red Sox Assistant GM Mike Hazen with Joe Castiglione and Alex Speier in the booth

Joe and Alex talked with the Sox AGM about the state of the team as Opening Day approaches.

Hot Stove Show 03-26-15

Mut, Tomase, and Bradford kick things off talking about Shane Victorino taking offense to people reading into some comments he made about trading for Cole Hamels. They also discuss Blake Swihart and how soon he could be up if Christian Vazquez starts the season on the DL.

Joe Kelly talks about his biceps and brackets

Joe Kelly joined the Hot Stove show where he talked about being ready for his next spring training start after a biceps ailment forced him out of his last outing, he talks about his NCAA brackets and how teammate Wade Miley has a perfect bracket still.

Peter Chiarelli, Boston B…

Peter Chiarelli, Boston Bruins GM, joins DJ Bean, Joe McDonald and Pete Blackburn on Sunday Skate 3-29-15

Peter Chiarelli joined the Sunday Skate crew to talk about the Bruins playoff push heading into the final handful of games of the regular season. Chiarelli talked about avoiding some of the overly negative feedback he gets while realizing that the team does have real issues. He discusses what went down at the trade deadline and if he was happy with the outcome, Lucic having a down year and underperforming, the salary cap and if he considers it as big of an issue as it's been made out to be and what the future holds for the team.

Sunday Skate with WEEI's DJ Bean, ESPN Boston's Joe McDonald and Pete Blackburn -- HOUR #2 -- 3-29-15

It's a big hour #2 for the Sunday Skate dudes - they talk about the B's defenseman and what the future looks like at that position, with both moves the team can make and younger guys in the AHL. They also get into the Bruins philosophy on bringing guys up and sending them back down and how players deal with that. Finally, the boys are joined by Bruins GM Peter Chiarelli to discuss EVERYTHING.

unday Skate with WEEI's DJ Bean, ESPN Boston's Joe McDonald and Pete Blackburn -- HOUR #1 -- 3-29-15

The Sunday Skate crew gets the show going discussing the Bruins big, impressive victory over the NY Rangers yesterday. What can you take from that game? According to LB - Lyndon Byers - who called the guys from the road, not a lot. LB drops a dime on what was going on with the Rangers yesterday. DJ and Joe discuss Claude's lines and groupings and the importance of Ryan Spooner. They also get into Lucic, his contributions this year and if he can turn things around.

Headlines, Headlines, Hea…

Headlines, Headlines, Headlines: Justin Bieber roast 3-31-15

The top stories of the day as recounted by Kirk Minihane.

Indiana's Religious Freedom Restoration Act and the Final Four 3-31-15

The guys discussed the controversial Indiana law.

President Obama visits Boston 3-31-15

The guys opened the show by discussing the Presidents visit yesterday.

Upon Further Review - Hol…

Upon Further Review - Holley on the crossover, 3-31-15

Michael Holley comes in for the crossover, and continues the discussion with Tim over what will happen if the Patriots face any type of punishment for the deflated footballs in the AFCCG.

Tim and Lou argue over the Deflategate investigation, 3-31-15

With the Wells report seemingly wrapping up (we hope), Tim and Lou got to talking about possible fines and punishments the Patriots must face. It's possible that the Patriots will face a small fine, but should they take that laying down? The conversation brings out a little passion from BOTH sides.

Jackie MacMullan, ESPN Boston, talks about the Celtics playoff push, 3-31-15

Jackie Mac talks about the Celtics win over the Hornets last night and their chances of making the playoffs.

Robert Kraft testifies in…

Robert Kraft testifies in the Aaron Hernandez trial: response and reaction

Dale, Michael and Jerry Thornton discuss Robert Kraft's testimony and the Hernandez trial overall as it continues to unfold.

Dale and Holley's Final Drive 03-31-15

We wrap up the day with the best in sound that you may have missed from throughout the day.

David Pastrnak is quietly having a better rookie season than Tyler Seguin had

Dale, Michael and Jerry discuss 'Pasta' and his solid rookie year, and make a few statistical comparisons.

Chris Price joins Mike Mu…

Chris Price joins Mike Mutnansky

Chris Price joins Mut to talk about how Revis will heat up the Jets-Pats rivalry next season

Mut's rant over the Jets filing tampering charges

Mut opens his show talking about the New York Jets filing tampering charges on the Patriots

Lucy the Textress is back

Mikey, Mut, and Lucy are talking about all things New England sports, the Red Sox spring training, more Darrelle Revis and Jets talk, and some Bruins mixed in.

Wrestlecast - Wrestlemani…

Wrestlecast - Wrestlemania Rewind

Will Noonan joins Chris in the studio to review Wrestlemania and Raw.

D&C's Breaking Balls: Sausage is a loser 3-30-15

Dino, Gerry and Kirk talk about Kirk's massage and crap all over Sausage.

Wrestlecast: History of Wrestlemania part 3

Ben and Adam finish the odyssey that is the history of Wrestlemania. Wrestlemanias 21-30 are discussed and analyzed.

Shaughnessy vs. Ortiz 3-3…

Shaughnessy vs. Ortiz 3-30-15

The latest feud between Shank and Papi was discussed.

More from this show

Boston Police officer sho…

Boston Police officer shot, people protest cops.......3-30-15

The guys discussed the disgusting protests at the scene of Officer Moynihan's shooting.

More from this show

Headlines, Headlines, Hea…

Headlines, Headlines, Headlines: Bill Cosby heckled 3-30-15

The top stories of the day as recounted by Kirk Minihane.

More from this show

Sausage is a loser 3-30-1…

Sausage is a loser 3-30-15

Dino, Gerry and Kirk talk about Kirk's massage and crap all over Sausage.

More from this show

The "latest" on Deflatega…

The "latest" on Deflategate... when will we get a decision?

We listen in on Adam Shefter's deflategate report on NFL Live on ESPN, and discuss when we can expect this whole mess to come to a head.

More from this show

Weei Writers