Pitching was the Red Sox most glaring need heading into the offseason and it appears they have finally addressed the issue with the signing of right-hander Ryan Dempster to a reported two-year, $26.5 million deal.
Dempster went 12-8 with a 3.38 ERA in 173 innings last season with the Cubs and Rangers. The 35-year-old is expected to be the third or fourth starter for Boston with Jon Lester and Clay Buchholz taking up the first two slots.
“He’ll carve up weaker lineups and will be a positive clubhouse guy,” a major league source told WEEI.com. “(But it’s) hard to expect much against the deeper lineups and I don’t they (the Sox) do.”