Recommendation: Dempster was hoping to land a three-year contract this offseason, but apparently he felt the two-year deal with the Red Sox would be his best offer. Dempster posted a stellar 2.25 ERA through his first 16 starts last season, all with the Cubs, but he struggled in his first American League action of his career, putting up a 5.09 ERA in 12 starts after being traded to the Rangers. Both his marks from last season are a bit extreme, and it's likely that his ERA will be somewhere between 3.00 and 4.00 this season. Regardless of exactly how he fares, on a Boston squad lacking established starters, the Red Sox will likely be plenty happy if he is able to make 30 starts and pitch 200 innings.
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