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Dempster dumps on Red Sox offer

  • David Whitlock

How much is Ryan Dempster worth?  Apparently more than $12.5M per year over 2 years.  According to Gordon Edes of, Dempster turned down that money from the Red Sox, and a similar deal from the Kansas City Royals.  Dempster appears to favor a 3-year deal, which make pretty good sense as he is now 35 years old and this is probably his last big deal.  Dempster joins a long list of proven arms that seem to be hesitating to sign until the right match is found, and who can blame them?  Zack Greinke is the crown jewel reportedly seeking in excess of $150M for a multi-year deal.  The biggest name to sign so far has been Dan Haren for 1-year, $13M (with the arm-loaded Washington Nationals) so it appears that teams that need arms (like the Red Sox) are going to have to dig deep into their wallets to land the big fish.

-Dave (@lhd_on_sports)

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David (a.k.a. Longhorndave or lhd_on_sports) joined the staff late in the 2012 season and moved to Site Manager in early 2013. A lifelong Houston Astros fan (and mini-season ticket holder for 9 years) he attends 20+ games per year. A statistics freak, David still keeps score the "old fashioned way" on occasion (and has kept manual score of World Series games since 1986 and retains the sheets). He was a featured guest weekly on the Phil Naessens Show. He is also a Texas Longhorns alumnus and huge football and baseball fan of his alma mater. When he isn't watching or writing about baseball, he works as a contractor at NASA Johnson Space Center. He lives by the mantra "a bad day at the ballpark is better than a good day anywhere else."

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