Via MLBTR comes word through Ken Rosenthal that the Red Sox are among a number of teams checking in on former Cub and Ranger Ryan Dempster.
The 35-year old righty had an up and down year last year. He was randomly excellent in 16 starts with the Cubs last year after toggling between average and good for the bulk of his 15-year career. After being traded to the contending Texas Rangers, Dempster decided to be awful, posting a 5.09 ERA and 1.43 WHIP.
The MLBTR post mentions two other points that should be cautionary: Dempster wants a three-year contract, and his fastball velocity is declining. Decreasing velocity is one of the biggest red flags of pitchers, and of course they don't tend to get better as they age (with some exceptions).
If you can't tell by my general tone of disapproval in this post, I think Dempster is a totally pointless signing for the Red Sox. There's really nothing he can offer us this year, and in future years when we'll be good again, he'll be lousy. We already have one aging, overpaid righty, we don't need another.