The Dodgers were near a deal with Dempster before this past season’s trade deadline and are showing intermittent interest in the right-hander as they search to bulk up the rotation this offseason.
The Rangers eventually managed to sign Dempster in an attempt to fortify their rotation going into the postseason, but his performance in Texas hinted at what kind of pitcher he would have been with the Dodgers.
Backed by the Rangers’ explosive offense, Dempster was able to garner seven wins and only three losses, but posted a 5.09 earned run average and an opposing batting average of .276. That’s a stark contrast to the numbers he put up earlier in the year with the Cubs: 2.25 ERA, .210 BAA, 83 K.
Dempster is yet another high-salary veteran player who would prove to be a bust if he joined the Blue Crew’s rotation. The 14-year veteran, who will be 36 next season, has been on the decline ever since reaching a peak plateau from 2008-10 with Chicago.
Pursuing a veteran with uncertain performance like Dempster for $12-14 million per year shouldn’t be in the Dodgers’ plans this offseason.