Ryan Dempster Turns Down Red Sox , Royals

David Banks

Ryan Dempster has turned down two offers from teams looking to secure his services this week. Will the Red Sox or the Royals chance a three year deal now?

Ryan Dempster has rejected a two year/$25M contract offer from the Boston Red Sox and a two year/$26M offer from the Kansas City Royals, according to Gordon Edes of ESPNBoston.com and SI’s FanNation.com The veteran righty is apparently seeking a three year deal.

Dempster split the 2012 season with the Chicago Cubs and the Texas Rangers. He was traded by the Cubs at the trade deadline for prospects Christian Villanueva and Kyle Hendricks after nine seasons in Chicago. Prior to the trade, he had pitched 104 innings for the Cubs with a 2.25 ERA but the move to the American League was rough for him. With the Rangers, he threw 69 innings with an ERA of 5.09, despite a better strike out rate. He does offer teams significant durability; since converting to the starter’s role in 2008, he has topped 200 innings four times and last season he pitched a total of 173.

It will be interesting to see if he does find a three year deal this off-season. He will be 36 years old in May and his mixed results last season may be cause for concern. However, with the high salary expectations for Zack Greinke and Anibal Sanchez, Dempster could certainly be one the better values this off-season, even at three years.

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