The Sox have finalized a deal with right-handed starter, Ryan Dempster. The deal is for 2-years and $26.5 million, which is $750K more per season than the first offer.
"We're working on a number of fronts,'' said GM Ben Cherington on the team's search for pitching before news of Dempster's deal emerged. "We have nothing to announce, but we feel like we're a little further ahead than we were when we left Nashville. We're engaged on a pitcher, but that's all I can say at this point. We're still working on a number of things.''
Initially, Dempster and agent Craig Landis were telling teams they were expecting a three-year deal. But the Red Sox may have overcome that issue by doing what they did with both Shane Victorino and Mike Napoli: Offering more in terms of average annual value (AAV) than the market dictates in exchange for a shorter-term deal.
It is hard to get excited about a deal like this. Dempster is 35, has only had one notable season in his 15-year career, and he is going to be over-paid. Aside from that one really good season in 2008, where Dempster went 17-6, with a 2.96 ERA, everything else has been mediocre.
I wouldn't call it a desperation move, though it is on the borderline of calling it one. Screw it, it is a desperation move. Why else would you throw $13.25 million ($13 million is becoming too common) at a guy that is worth half of that? I would also call it a John Lackey move, but it is only for 2 seasons, so we won't insult him like that. Though, John Lackey may have a better season than Dempster.
While the Sox were over-paying Ryan Dempster, the Angels signed Josh Hamilton for 5-years and $125 million.
Well, I guess we can put that story to rest. Look on the bright side, Nick Swisher is still available...