2012 stat line with Cubs: 5-5, 2.25 ERA, 16 GS, 104 IP, 1.038 WHIP, 7.0 H/9, 7.2 K/9
2012 stat line with Rangers: 7-3, 5.09 ERA, 12 GS, 79 IP, 1.435 WHIP, 9.7 H/9, 9.1 K/9
Ryan Dempster was a hot target of the New York Yankees at the trading deadline before the Texas Rangers acquired him from the Chicago Cubs on July 31.
There are reportedly several teams in play for Dempster. Ken Rosenthal of FOXSports.com reported from the GM meetings last week in California that the Milwaukee Brewers were interested in the 35-year-old right-hander.
Scott Lauber of the Boston Herald tweeted Thursday that the Boston Red Sox had shown “preliminary interest” in Dempster. Darren Wolfson, a contributor to 1500 ESPN in Minneapolis, tweeted the same day as Lauber that the Minnesota Twins have inquired “officially” about Dempster, as well.
Jason A. Churchill of ESPN Rumor Central (Insider subscription required) speculated Saturday that the Cubs might be interested in bringing Dempster back and that the Los Angeles Dodgers could get interested, but were more focused on other starting pitchers.
Churchill also said Dempster could fit with the Baltimore Orioles or the Rangers and that the Seattle Mariners, Kansas City Royals, Washington Nationals, Toronto Blue Jays and Yankees could all be in on Dempster. However, given Dempster’s desire for another multi-year deal, the Yankees would have to be considered an extreme long shot, at best.