At his introductory press conference, Red Sox pitcher Ryan Dempster said that he believes "there's a lot of room to go up" for the Sox as they look to improve from their 69-93 finish from last season.
Dempster said he felt general manager Ben Cherington and the front office have done a "really good job of adding a lot of good players and baseball guys" this offseason, and that he chose the Red Sox because he expects them to be competitive over the course of his two-year deal.
"The money and things like that in baseball are great, but I came here because I believe this team has as good a chance of winning as much as anybody else," Dempster said. "I've always believed that. I believe that that should be your mentality going into any season because it's proven day in and day out.
"Every team's gong to win 50 games and every team is going to lose 50 games. It's what you do with the other 62 that matter. That's why we play, that's why I play, and it's what we want to do as a team."
Cherington said that the Sox entered the offseason "wanting to add a proven starter to the rotations, someone who has a history of success and reliability" and that Dempster, who has thrown 200 or more innings in four of the last five seasons, was a "perfect fit."
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