Red Sox Aggressively Pursuing Ryan Dempster

The Red Sox are 9.5 games out of the division lead in the AL East, but they're just 1.5 back from a wild card spot, and look to be interested in fortifying their rotation. ESPN's Buster Olney tweets that Boston is being aggressive in its pursuit of Ryan Dempster.

The 35-year-old Dempster, who is owed roughly $6.1MM over the remainder of the season, is in the midst of a very strong campaign. He's posted an MLB-leading 1.86 ERA to go along with a 7.3 K/9, 2.4 BB/9, and 42.5% groundball rate in 92 innings to date. Stats such as FIP (3.13) and SIERA (3.82) aren't as fond of Dempster's work, and he went through a short DL stint with a lat strain, but Dempster would be a clear upgrade to a Red Sox rotation that has compiled a 4.77 ERA this season.

Dempster has the power to veto a trade, but will reportedly consider being shipped to any contender. He's drawn interest from as many as ten teams, and prior to this point, the Dodgers and Tigers were thought to be the most serious players for the right-hander's services. Other interested parties include the Yankees, Braves, and Indians.

As a reminder, any team that acquires Dempster would be receiving a pure rental. Baseball's new collective bargaining agreement states that teams are only eligible to receive compensatory picks for players who spent the entirety of the season with that club.

A deal between the two sides would make for an interesting matchup, as it would represent the first deadline deal between new Cubs president Theo Epstein and his former assistant GM (and now Red Sox GM) Ben Cherington.


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213 Comments on "Red Sox Aggressively Pursuing Ryan Dempster"


johnsilver
3 years 18 days ago

Not good..

give them Avilles and Punto, then if they complain? Throw in Lars Anderson.. More than Dempster is worth…

redsox4434
3 years 18 days ago

So who would play shortstop? Ciriaco? Would Lillibridge be the backup infielder?

cubs223425
3 years 18 days ago

Lillibridge just got kicked to the curb.

whosurpapa
3 years 18 days ago

I wouldn’t mind Ciriaco playing short… he had a great ST and is doing great in AAA… he deserves a shot.

3 years 17 days ago

Ciriaco had a good start ill give you that but we don’t know how long that will last I say give them Shoppach and Nava. 

Njriv
3 years 18 days ago

 Cubs are strictly going for prospects

Colin Christopher
3 years 18 days ago

What do you mean, “if they complain?” Dempster has been one of the better pitchers in baseball this season and Boston’s rotation has been mediocre. It’s not like Boston is in the catbird’s seat here, dictating all the terms to teams they trade with. The Cubs won’t complain…they’ll just say no and deal him to someone who brings them a real offer.

johnsilver
3 years 18 days ago

 “they’ll just say no and deal him to someone who brings them a real offer.”

Now your talkin’ :-)

Take him away from heah…

sdsuphilip
3 years 18 days ago

he’s been lucky, decent number 3 tho.

3 years 18 days ago

Calling Dempster lucky is probably based on the sabermetrics stuff, but having watched him pitch, he has continued to develop as a thinking pitcher.  Most people say 30 something year old players are pretty much done learning on the field, but he has done it.  He’s so much more economical in his pitch counts, walking fewer (is that luck too?), giving up fewer hits.  Especially getting the ball to spots where he needs to in order to get the hitters out.  Looking at the mega breakdown of every statistical possibility doesn’t explain everything nor does it make people who super study that stuff experts.  If he was really lucky, he would have won about 4 more of his starts that the Cubs either didn’t give him enough support in or blew for him.

notsureifsrs
3 years 18 days ago

“the sabermetrics stuff”

this should be good

“having watched him pitch, he has continued to develop as a thinking pitcher”

yup, it is

“Looking at the mega breakdown of every statistical possibility doesn’t explain everything”

jackpot

Let_Timmy_Smoke
3 years 18 days ago

Where’s Ken Tremendous when you need him?

ellisburks
3 years 17 days ago

That was the greatest website of all time. Why do the good ones always die young?

Karkat
3 years 18 days ago

Thank you for saving me from having to make this reply myself.

sdsuphilip
3 years 18 days ago

He has a 244 BABIP, 85.5% LOB , and 6.7 % HR/FB % those will regress to his career norms of 300, 72.2%, and 10.2%, his xFIP is nearly identical to his last 4 seasons, he has been extremely lucky.

YanksFanSince78
3 years 17 days ago

Demp is not as good as his current 1.86 ERA shows but he has a very good 3.13 FIP and a decent 3.71 xFIP. In addition, he pitches in a hitter friendly park and has much better numbers on the road as well with a 1.90 road FIP.

Demp certainly shouldn’t cost anyone a top 50 mlb prospect but he should certainly fetch better than Aviles and Punto as one suggested. 

And the NL Central isn’t the doormat that it use to be with the Cards, Brews and Reds ranking among baseballs best offensive teams.

As for a “lucky pitcher” that’s usually obvious among pitchers who allow lots of runners but leaves them stranded, usually pulling some sort of “Houdini” like performance. Demp in his last 5 starts vs the MIL, MIN, BOS, AZ and NYM has allowed 25 hitters to reach base in 33 IP and only 6 walks. That’s not luck. I wouldn’t expect “ace like” performance for the rest of the year but let’s all give Demp credit because he is pitching at a high level right now and has been doing so all season.

sdsuphilip
3 years 17 days ago

You just basically validated what I said in many more words, he has pitched like a number 3 and has been extremely lucky.

YanksFanSince78
3 years 17 days ago

Yes…I said EXACTLY what you said except my “many more words” were used to show “facts” which actually showed that he hasn’t been lucky because his peripherals suggest that while he may not be as good as a 1.86 guy he’s still pitching at a high level.

sdsuphilip
3 years 17 days ago

You showed that he has been lucky, as you said his periphals suggest he hasn’t pitched as well as 1.86 guy. His periphals show he has pitched like a number 3, as I said.

notsureifsrs
3 years 18 days ago

well there goes that very serious idea. thanks for setting him straight

baseball52
3 years 18 days ago

You’re talking every penny of Soriano in this situation, as well, I’m guessing.

cubs223425
3 years 18 days ago

Pssh, that STILL wouldn’t make up for trying to grab Ryan Dempster’s sub-2.00 ERA for guys I wouldn’t even want on my AAA team.

3 years 18 days ago

Why would the Cubs want two washed up old failures in place of potentially one of the biggest trade commodities available? You, sir, need to hurry up and find your marbles; it appears you have lost them.

vtadave
3 years 18 days ago

That was funny, almost as funny as a Dempster for Aviles/Punto/Anderson “offer”.

3 years 18 days ago

I know. At least give us a pitcher. After all, you are getting a high-quality pitcher, at least as this year’s stats would say. If we trade Dempster, we can’t exactly replace him well in the roty. Unless they’re giving Wells or Volstad another chance, which I hope they don’t do for Volstad because the guy’s awful, then we at least need a pitcher for the future.

3 years 18 days ago

Wells has been just as horrible.  Didn’t make it out of the 2nd a couple of days ago at Iowa.  Yuck.

3 years 17 days ago

That’s my point. The Cubs don’t have a significant guy to take Dempster’s spot if a trade comes around. We either need to get a Major League pitcher or find one in AAA.

johnsilver
3 years 18 days ago

 Maybe because he isn’t even needed? Boston has 5 SP. They don’t need to waste resources/prospects on another bedard type rental like they did last season who has never proved he can even be succesfull LT in the AL, much less the AL East.

I already went over this.. They are not going to sit down beckett, lester, nor Bucholz and have Morales and Doubrant. Dempster isn’t worth the potential upgrade..period..

The Cubs need to peddle this ware elsewhere I hope and this is another false rumor.

3 years 18 days ago

The Cubs aren’t the one shopping Dempster to the Sox. Read the title. The Sox are “aggressively pursuing” Dempster. If they didn’t want nor need him, they wouldn’t be aggressively pursuing him now would they?

cubs223425
3 years 18 days ago

Boston has 5 SPs, 4 of whom have an ERA over 4.40 (the 5 starts from Morales being the exception). There is a difference between 5 SPs and 5 GOOD SPs. The Red Sox have 2 of those–Lester and Beckett. Until Buchholz can get his ERA (or, at least, his FIP) under 4.50, I’m going to keep him in the camp of bad pitchers.

I hope the Cubs trade Dempster to another AL East team, and he leads that team to the playoffs over Boston, just because you refuse to use legitimate logic.

johnsilver
3 years 18 days ago

 Bucholz has been one of the better SP since Jun BTW, no chance he sits for anyone.

“I hope the Cubs trade Dempster to another AL East team”

You and me both :-)

cubs223425
3 years 18 days ago

June:

Buchholz: 4 GS, 30 IP, 2.40 ERA, 4.13 FIP, 0.5 WAR
Dempster: 3 GS, 22 IP, 0.00 ERA (part of that, what, 32-innings scoreless streak?), 2.52 FIP, 0.7 WAR

I’ll take the greater ERA, FIP, WAR, and overall production on the season.

Karkat
3 years 18 days ago

Aw man we could’ve gone into the All-Star break at 43.2-42.8 if we had Dempster instead of Buchholz!!

(And you know, Ryan Dempster is old and a FA after this year. Buchholz is controllable through the end of the 2016 season. Hmmm.)

cubs223425
3 years 18 days ago

Buchholz is young and consistently hurt and bad as well. That, and team control is irrelevant to who should be pitching now.

Oh, and you could have taken Dempster over using Daniel Bard, which was unquestionably stupid.

Karkat
3 years 17 days ago

You’re not getting an argument from me that starting Daniel Bard was a terrible idea. I’d been saying that since before spring training even.

I was just responding to you Buchholz/Dempster comparison.

mjlowe
3 years 17 days ago

Bucholz is also a world class self-entitled a-hole that had to go on the disabled list because he can’t maintain a healthy diet, he’s a professional athlete and he can’t even eat right.

Karkat
3 years 18 days ago

We actually have six at the moment. I think Lester is the worst of the bunch? It makes no sense. Are they going to end up… trading a starter? I can’t see them moving Morales back to the pen (plus I’m excited to see him pitch on Thursday so I can have seen all 8 starters we’ve used this year, and they can’t take that away from me).

After Cook’s start tonight (and all the other ones) I can’t see them rushing to sit/bullpen him either.

mjlowe
3 years 17 days ago

Do you live in an alternate reality where the 2012 Red Sox haven’t had inconsistent at best starting pitching? Their bullpen is the only reason they’re still in the chase. Saying they don’t need another starting pitcher is silly, Doubront is the only one who pitches consistently & the level he’s at is not one of playoff rotation caliber. Everyone else has been up & down, and with Beckett & Bucholz you never know if they’re going to show up with their head in the game.

We’re not talking about an ace for the long term here, we’re talking about suring up the pitching staff for a chance to not write this off as a lost year as the home office has with their lack of activity since the start of the offseason last fall.

bigpat
3 years 18 days ago

nevermind, bad at detecting sarcasm

johnsilver
3 years 18 days ago

 It’s ok.. Many others here are also Pat..

We all have to have a bit here at times ya know?

John Adams
3 years 18 days ago

God I hope not. Not another big market team taking another good player to put with a team that has enough talent, because they aren’t playing good as a team. 

MB923
3 years 18 days ago

Well…….It’s not like they’re “taking” him away from a small market team.

Jimmy Bloomfield
3 years 18 days ago

wil middlebrooks!

EarlyMorningBoxscore
3 years 18 days ago

No. Just no.

cubs223425
3 years 18 days ago

Fine, Bogaerts.

melonis_rex
3 years 18 days ago

…and ben cherington’s pink slip.

cubs223425
3 years 18 days ago

Deal.

chris_synan1
3 years 18 days ago

why would the Red Sox give there top young player for a 35 year old

Vivid_Reality
3 years 18 days ago

 Sarcasm.

fitz
3 years 18 days ago

I know people want to hate but this is exactly what the Red Sox need. This team still has a real good shot at the playoffs with the lineup finally shaping up with the returns of Ellsbury, Crawford and later this week Pedroia. Another solid, reliable pitcher is their biggest need.

MaineSox
3 years 18 days ago

I agree with this, but I would add the caveat that it would have to be at a reasonable price, and I don’t think it will be.

Dempster (even assuming he regresses to his “norm”) would be an upgrade over the back of their rotation, but I think the Cubs are going to ask for more than they should give up for him (and rightfully so because someone will probably be desperate/foolish enough to give it to them – I just hope it’s not the Sox).

johnsilver
3 years 18 days ago

 Back of the rotation, as in Matsuzka and Cook I presume?

How much of an upgrade is that really Maine? it is almost none. Boston isn’t going to sit Beckett, Lester, Bucholz down and they are having bad thoughts if they sit Morales without giving him 3-4 more starts, since he has been the best they have run out there over the last month.. Doubrant? Innings perhaps piling up? He has still looked “tight” even after 80+ pitches of late.

That is 5 decent starters, even if they all have some warts. Why give the Cubs anything decent for another bedard type rental? it is just plain…..

MaineSox
3 years 18 days ago

Dempster since becoming a starter in ’08:

3.61 ERA, 3.73 FIP, 3.72 xFIP, 3.80 SIERA, 8.18 K/9, 3.28 BB/9 (2.49 K/BB).

If he pitches to those averages he would be the best pitcher on the team this year – if everyone pitched to their averages he would be the third best pitcher on the team.

Doubront will be over 100 IP after his next start and the most he has ever pitched in a single season is ~130 back in ’08, so I could definitely see him needing to keep his innings down (possibly by being moved to the ‘pen relatively soon), so he’s probably the most likely person to be replaced (and he’s looked a lot less sharp lately than he did earlier in the year).  Matsuzaka could end up back on the 60 Day DL, which would mean he may not pitch in Boston again this year, and Cook could easily be moved (and is no where near as good as Dempster).

A rotation of Lester, Beckett, Dempster, Buchholz, Morales would be pretty nice, but the fact that Dempster is a two month rental, is not anywhere near as good as he’s looked this year, and them not being able to get any sort of compensation when he leaves means that he would have to come relatively cheap, and I don’t think he will.

johnsilver
3 years 18 days ago

 Noticed Doubrant warming up yesterday in latter innings and figured he might become the 2nd lefty out of the pen until at least Hill gets back. It would cut down his IP and allow Cook to remain around and they can still get rid of Matsuzaka with that 60 day DL stint for good like both of us have mentioned at a couple of sites today. LOL

My issue is that what Dempster could bring to the AL vs what the cost would be for 2 months probably isn’t worth it. For instance? I wouldn’t by any means be for giving up anybody as good as Cecchini, brentz, Britton even for him alone. Much less one of the “big 3″ he’s just not worth it to Boston, vs what they already have.

If somehow they can go out and get him for that infamous “PTBNL”, or really lower, B- to C class person? Like a De La Cruz? Shaw? Fine, but no more.

MaineSox
3 years 18 days ago

Yeah, obviously the price would have to be right, but he would easily be an upgrade to the rotation (the biggest area of need for the Red Sox), so I think a guy just outside of the top 10 (like a Britton or Workman maybe) plus another lower rated guy would be reasonable from the Red Sox perspective, but I don’t know that that would be enough from the Cubs perspective.

johnsilver
3 years 18 days ago

 Britton and even Workman makes me choke Maine. both have upside, even if workman ends up in the pen in another couple of years he has significant upside.

Now.. If they can convince Epstein to take Hernandez, or Pena? 😉

mjlowe
3 years 17 days ago

The Cubs are willing to take less for Dempster because they apparently want a deal for him out of the way so they can focus on making a bigger deal for Garza. He won’t come super cheap but he also won’t sink the Sox farm system as an end of the season rental.

3 years 18 days ago

Jimmy is high, Jimmy likes being high.

3 years 18 days ago

Going from pitching in the worst division in baseball to the best division in baseball usually isn’t a good thing. He’s also a rental so unless they are giving a mediocre player and salary relief in return I really hope they look elsewhere.  

PileOfSandwich
3 years 18 days ago

Worst division in baseball? That is a little farther west there, bud.

3 years 18 days ago

He beat the Yankees in NY before break.  Made them look silly.  So…

jjs91
3 years 18 days ago

Dempster beat the yankees?

YanksFanSince78
3 years 17 days ago

That was the Mets. 

slyfox1908
3 years 18 days ago

The Cubs want pitching. I doubt they’d scoff at Bogaerts or Bradley Jr. but they’ll probably ask for Barnes and a Class A pitcher with a high ceiling. Does that sound reasonable, Red Sox fans?

cloudrambler
3 years 18 days ago

Barnes, no. Ranaudo is much more likely.

vtadave
3 years 18 days ago

Ranaudo is currently hurt and currently terrible, so that’s not likely.

cloudrambler
3 years 18 days ago

And also was one of the best college pitchers two years ago. Trust me, he’ll be the best pitching prospect you’ll get back from the Sox. Barnes is probably untouchable unless a younger SP is coming back.

3 years 18 days ago

Oh, sure. Sounds like a Mark Prior story to me. Once one of the best and most sought-after pitchers in the game and gets hurt, suddenly a washed up young kid who believes he has a shot to come back but never regains his full potential. Same old song and dance.

cloudrambler
3 years 18 days ago

I mean, if you want Mark Prior back, the Sox can give you him too.

3 years 18 days ago

Haha yeah, like we need that. Our single-A guys are better than that.

Leonard Washington
3 years 18 days ago

For every Mark Prior or Kerry Wood there is are players like Roy Halladay who struggle and then figure things out. Not comparing Anthony to Doc but the kid clearly has talent and he might just figure it out with some time. If anyone knows about his talent its Theo, he drafted him. The Cubs are not sniffing Barnes, Bradley, Bogaerts, Garin, Lavarnway, or Brentz.

3 years 17 days ago

Which they shouldn’t. There’s no way we’re gonna get a guy like that for Dempster, but that’s not what they expect. They expect low-end prospects, at least what, 3 of them?

natural_light
3 years 17 days ago

 But Prior is a Redsock now maybe they want to trade that former top prospect back to the cubs again for Dempster. LOL

YanksFanSince78
3 years 17 days ago

What does 2 years ago have to do with 2012? 

3 years 18 days ago

Those are the three prospects that the Red Sox have that are untouchable. Dempster is not worth a good prospect. The salary relief will be the biggest part of any deal with any team.

stl_cards16
3 years 18 days ago

What makes you think the Cubs need salary relief?  The Cubs would rather eat the salary and trade him to someone that will give them the best prospects. 

3 years 18 days ago

You think the Cubs would take a mediocre prospect over lets say 4 million? 

NL_East_Rivalry
3 years 18 days ago

 They would probably just say no instead.

sourbob
3 years 18 days ago

They have said repeatedly and consistently that they will pay most of his remaining salary in exchange for better prospects. Money, they have. Farm depth, not so much.

chrisenvy
3 years 18 days ago

Small correction, but farm depth IN PITCHING and 3rd, not so much.

Leonard Washington
3 years 18 days ago

Thats true but no team in their right mind is going to offer up its top prospects for anything less than an ace. Compensation is gonna keep this return reasonably low. 

3 years 18 days ago

I could see them trading Ranaudo but no one any better. I’m sure Theo has some guys in the Sox system that none of us are even thinking about. It also wouldn’t surprise me if there was more than Dempster coming back in the event of a deal since over the years Theo has always been pretty creative in trades.  

$1529282
3 years 18 days ago

Yes. Salary relief for the guy who is leading the Majors in ERA at the moment. Come on now. Even if it’s due to regress some, it’s not like the guy is gonna turn into a pumpkin. Five straight seasons with an xFIP right at 3.70 pretty much. He’s a good pitcher, who’s pitching some of the best baseball of his career right now. He’s going to command a good prospect and he’s worth it to any team that’s seriously looking to make a playoff push.

Half of the pitching prospects whose names that come up in these talks won’t ever even have one season as good as Dempster’s 2012 anyway.

cloudrambler
3 years 18 days ago

If the Cubs were trading Garza to the Sox, you’d get one of those guys. Dempster, who is 35 and would be a pure rental is not worth 5+ years of control for any of those guys. I’m really really sorry Cubs fans.

It’s almost as delusional as when the Sox thought they were getting Sale for Youk!

scott brecht
3 years 18 days ago

….or like when the Sox thought they were getting Castro for Theo…

chrisenvy
3 years 18 days ago

I LOVE how every team thinks whatever they have is worth SO much more than they actually are.  You’re prospects haven’t proven anything.  They are worth generally, not much. 

You have ONE pitcher in the top 100 prospects, so where is the value in what you have?

cloudrambler
3 years 18 days ago

First, *your
Second, if anyone ever watched Ranaudo in college or in the Cape Cod League, you’d know his value.

chrisenvy
3 years 18 days ago

You are going to draw your value from what he used to pitch like and in friggin Cape Cod and College of all places?

slider32
3 years 17 days ago

Cape Cod league is like low A ball, Renaudo is a good B prospect with past arm problems.

YanksFanSince78
3 years 17 days ago

Yeah but it’s like a month in low A ball. Can’t base prospect value off of that. just like Betances, Renaudo has to prove his prospect value.

Leonard Washington
3 years 18 days ago

Good pitcher no doubt, he will probably be helpful but its a 3 month rental with no comp picks. Its not gonna be some major prospect haul.

3 years 18 days ago

In what world is Dempster not worth at least one good prospect? They won’t ask for a top 7-10 guy, but you can’t argue that a 15-25 range prospect is worth it.

GoAwayNow
3 years 18 days ago

 I find that reasonable.

Leonard Washington
3 years 18 days ago

I agree but unfortunately people here think a top 5 is somewhat essential to a deal.

YanksFanSince78
3 years 17 days ago

Demp is not worth a top prospect with his ERA, FIP and xFIP? Right……. Wow. 

Not saying that he SHOULD fetch a top 50 prospect but this idea that he’s a salary dump and therefore Theo should settle for a mediocre prospect is a joke.

For the most part, a salary dump is usually viewed as a player who is UNDER performing and is making lots of money. ex. Soriano.

chris_synan1
3 years 18 days ago

no, Dempster is 35 and will probably be a rental for the red sox, they will not give up there top pitching prospect…i’m sure they will ask for that but the sox won’t accept it…

MaineSox
3 years 18 days ago

No

Crucisnh
3 years 18 days ago

Not just “no”, but H3LL NO!!!  :)

uww1
3 years 18 days ago

2 of Barnes, Lavernway and Bogaerts

cloudrambler
3 years 18 days ago

Absolutely not. That would be highway robbery. Cubs would be lucky to get one of those prospects for Dempster. They’re probably looking at someone like Ranaudo who is having a rough year but has a high ceiling.

3 years 18 days ago

We don’t need catching help. If we lose Soto, we still have Welington Castillo, Steve Clevegner, and Blake Lalli, among others, to play in the bigs.

johnsilver
3 years 18 days ago

Cubs couldn’t get that for the pick of half of their MLB roster…

Edit:

I cannot believe how this has gone.. Just Barnes in one post, 3 of the Sox top prospects in another? Cubs think a 35YO rental is worth one of the BA top 50 ranked prospects or something?? a RENTAL with no AL East experience? My joke of a proposal made more sense.

Crucisnh
3 years 18 days ago

I wouldn’t do Dempster for any ONE of those players straight up.  Not worth it.

chris_synan1
3 years 18 days ago

I would not mind trading for Ryan Dempster, but if you have to give up top prospects like the Cubs want no..they need to understand he is 35, even though he has been good this year and has been in the past just no…if the price is right get him

chrisenvy
3 years 18 days ago

No problem, they can just trade him to NY or Toronto.

notsureifsrs
3 years 18 days ago

please do. you know how anthopolous always gets robbed

bmoneyy20
3 years 18 days ago

someone is about to get took for dempster. why not an organization cubs people know top/botttom. the extra wild card could not have come at a better time for the cubs

cloudrambler
3 years 18 days ago

Problem for the Cubs is that there are a lot of very very good pitchers on the market in the trade deadline. Dempster is good, but there are a lot of things that will make his value drop on the trade market.

chrisenvy
3 years 18 days ago

There are a lot of very very good pitchers on the market?  Like who?

petrie000
3 years 18 days ago

a lot of people want to believe Hamels, Grienke and Marcum are there to be had for the right price… that is, 3 top-10’s, some lesser prospects and the blood of the owners virgin daughter (yes, that’s a (slight) exaggeration for effect), But none of them are officially being shopped.

The Cubs have the two most valuable pitchers known to be available in Garza (who would cost probably a hair less than the previously mentioned deal) and Dempster (who’s the bargain hunters option).

In a perverse way this just means the price for both Garza and Dempster will be nauseating, since after them you have the likes of Jason Vargas… Epstein’s got any potential buyers by the short and curlies before negotiation ever starts and he knows it…

bmoneyy20
3 years 18 days ago

the cubs have 2 of these good pitchers. they will get a nice package for dempster and his value will never be higher. watch and see

YanksFanSince78
3 years 17 days ago

yes. there’s “allegedly” Greinke, Garza and Hamels who will cost 2x-4x whatever Dempster will cost and the rest are Liriano and Marcum types who will probably cost about the same as Demp does

Kayrall
3 years 17 days ago

I’m confused, how does Liriano have value as high as Dempster’s?  Liriano has been consistently injured and inconsistent in recent years.  The only things he has going for him is budget cost (assuming no contract absorption) and age.

slider32
3 years 18 days ago

The Cubs will want at least one good prospect for Demspter.

Leonard Washington
3 years 18 days ago

And they will get one just not one of the Sox’s top 10. 

John LeClair
3 years 18 days ago

Sorry I honestly don’t want Demp, he’s having a great year, but I don’t see him being as good in the AL East, if we are going to rent a player it should be Cole Hamels. Atleast I wouldn’t have to worry about him blowing up on us.

YanksFanSince78
3 years 17 days ago

Then prepare to part with some combo of X, Middlebrooks, Barnes and Bradley.

MB923
3 years 18 days ago

And they should get at least one

chris_synan1
3 years 18 days ago

look at the bright side….at least the Red Sox are making an effort to address there pitching needs 

harmony55
3 years 18 days ago

Thirdbaseman Garin Cecchini, 21, and the struggling 22-year-old pitcher Anthony Ranaudo should get the Cubs’ interest. Cecchini apparently is blocked by Will Middlebrooks.

MaineSox
3 years 18 days ago

I don’t know about a potential Dempster deal specifically, but I could see Theo going for some lesser known guys in the Red Sox system if any trades do happen between the two teams in the next couple years.  He knows that system as well as anyone not currently employed by the Red Sox (and probably as well as a lot of those guys too), and he would know where to find the “hidden” talent; guys like Vinicio, Montas, Vazquez, Coyle, and Shaw.

It could make for some interesting trades between the two teams.

notsureifsrs
3 years 18 days ago

couldn’t be less interested

MaineSox
3 years 18 days ago

Liar

3 years 18 days ago

As a Jays fan, I really hope they sell the future for the minuscule chance they have at the playoffs this year.

vtadave
3 years 18 days ago

Not sure how being 1.5 games back makes their chances “miniscule”. Not a Sox fan, but they have Ellsbury and Crawford back, and if they can add a solid starter and probably another reliever, that makes them pretty dangerous.

NL_East_Rivalry
3 years 18 days ago

 correct, coolstandings has their chances at 35% and that’s mostly projected on runs scored and allowed up to this point. Of course they also factor in schedule and such.

bigpat
3 years 18 days ago

They need him badly if they still want to compete, I am not sure how seamlessly he will translate to the AL East at this point in his career but he would become the best pitcher on their staff with how they’ve been pitching this year. 

3 years 18 days ago

some of you red sox fans should watch an NL game once in a while.  there’s not much to hate about ryan dempster.  he may be 35, but he had one year off due to recovering from surgery, he’s spent a few years as a closer, and has better stuff than almost anyone on your staff right now.  he’s gonna take more than cecchini (who i like) and ranaudo.

cloudrambler
3 years 18 days ago

It doesn’t matter. He’s 35 and in control for less than half a season. And there are at least 4 other SP on the market that would command a similar or better package than Dempster no matter how good of a year he’s having. Cubs fans expecting a top prospect should start preparing themselves for disappointment.

Ptk123
3 years 18 days ago

Who are these 4? I count Hamels who may not be traded and will cost far more, and I count Greinke who may not be traded and will cost far more.

Joe Goodin
3 years 18 days ago

He could also consider Garza, but I don’t have a fourth either

3 years 18 days ago

wandy?

cloudrambler
3 years 18 days ago

And James Shields (But Wandy is good too)

3 years 18 days ago

If I could name pitchers from other years I might as well pick Maddux in his prime and Pedro Martinez too.  Why the Dempster hating?  FOR THIS YEAR he is better than Wandy, better than Shields, et al.  There are not 4 AVAILABLE pitchers better than Dempster right now.  Anyone who says there is is biased.

cloudrambler
3 years 18 days ago

Yeah, he’s pitching well, but his age is enough to make all of those other *very good* pitchers to command a bigger price. There are plenty of sabermetrics that could also be used against Dempster (as you can find right here on MLBTR)

chrisenvy
3 years 18 days ago

He’s pitched better than well

3 years 18 days ago

But the problem is who is available?  Sure, there are better pitchers-even with Dempster having a great year.  But if they are not available for trade it doesn’t matter.  My point is to say there are 4 better pitchers available is an emotionally clouded statement.  In practical application there just aren’t.

3 years 18 days ago

Except that Wandy is not as good. 

3 years 18 days ago

i know, i was just tossing his name out trying to figure out who cloud was talking about

Kev
3 years 18 days ago

Wandy has a xFIP .15 runs higher than Dempster. The only major difference between them this year is that Dempster has outperformed his peripherals to a ridiculous degree. I would expect severe regression from Dempster in the final couple months of the season.

johnsilver
3 years 18 days ago

 Anibel Sanchez perhaps, if/when Loria raises the white flag in Miami.

Sanchez i would prefer over dempster anyway. Possibly ink him LT. Younger, solid “stuff” and have watched him over the years as a fan of both Boston and the Fish..

He also was signed initially by the Sox as an IFA.

MaineSox
3 years 17 days ago

Olney just reporting on twitter that the Marlins have said they could become sellers if they don’t turn it around in the next 10 days.

Don’t know what it would take to get him from them, but I would love to see Anibal on the Red Sox (if they are going to trade for a starting pitcher, he’s the one I would prefer).

johnsilver
3 years 17 days ago

 Ditto here. I guess u catch him also when you get a chance? he can “get it up there” also and really think Boston could sign him LT really reasonable if they wanted, he is still young enough if they chose and no ill effects of those injuries he suffered after the beckett trade he had right after it.. They are a distant memory now.

Sanchez is a solid, 2-4 starter and think could be a solid 2-4 in the AL also. He won’t cost an arm and a leg LT, no world class representation to over value him (think Jackson) and just think this is a guy they could grab, with low mileage because of the injuries earlier in his career for 3-4 years max and less than 13mAAV if they chose and even if they don’t want him LT? Still less cost to acquire as a rental than Dempster.

He takes the ball every 5th day, gives 5-7 solid innings. That’s the guy..

Mike1L
3 years 18 days ago

There’s no way to value Dempster-he’s a 35 year old  who is having a hot streak after coming off a year with an ERA+ of 80 and won’t even stay for an encore if he is good.  Yankees, please, this is the wrong tree to be barking up. 

sdsuphilip
3 years 18 days ago

The type of prospects Jed/Theo love are high ceiling projectable arms and athletes with high potential, some guys in red sox system that I am sure Cubs would ask about would be Henry Owens, Cody Kukuk,  Garin Cecchini, Blake Swihart, and Stolmyl Potental, if the cubs really are looking for guys to plug in rotation soon which their fans say (though i honestly doubt) guys like Brandon Workman, Alex Wilson  (though he has turned to relieving some think he can be backend type), and Felix Doubrant makes sense. The Red Sox have a good but not great farm system with good depth.

MaineSox
3 years 18 days ago

They have 3 top 50 prospects, and 5-6 top 100 prospects after graduating Will Middlebrooks, I’d say that’s a pretty great farm system.

sdsuphilip
3 years 18 days ago

It’s a good but not top 5 system

MaineSox
3 years 18 days ago

Maybe not, but it’s probably close, and when you combine the high impact guys at the top with the depth of quality prospects, it’s hard to call it anything but great at this point.

And that’s not even considering guys drafted this year like Marrero and Buttrey.

chrisenvy
3 years 18 days ago

Beyond maybe 3-4 guys you have nearly all C+ guys in your system

notsureifsrs
3 years 18 days ago

you said that confidently, so i believe you

MaineSox
3 years 18 days ago

I don’t personally own a farm system, so there’s that.  But if you’re talking about the Red Sox system they had 14 guys who were better than C+ coming into the season, then they drafted and signed 2-3 guys who are rated better than C+, they signed at least one international free agent who will ranked higher than that, and 4 of their C+ guys had their stock improve this season likely making them better than C+.

Good trolling though.

chrisenvy
3 years 18 days ago

You are correct, I was wrong about the amount of B prospects…..
1) Xander Bogaerts, SS, Grade B+: Borderline A-. Jumped from Dominican Summer League to Sally League and showed very impressive power, needs polish and experience but terrific upside. May end up at third base. I have him at a B+ right now, but that is conservative and he may end up at an A- by the time the book goes to press.2) Matt Barnes, RHP, Grade B+. Has the build and stuff of a rotation anchor, and improved every year in college. Still some rough edges and he won’t get to the majors as fast as Trevor Bauer or Danny Hultzen, but he could be a real steal at 19th-overall in the ’11 draft.
3) Will Middlebrooks, 3B, Grade B: Plate discipline/strike zone issues increase risk premium and preclude a higher grade right now, but he has the power and glove of a prototype third baseman. Needs 400 at-bats in Triple-A.
4) Ryan Lavarnway, C-DH, Grade B. You can make a case for B+ based just on his bat but defensive questions are enough to drop down a notch. His glove isn’t good, but I think his reputation as a total butcher is a little overblown. Whatever they do with him, he’ll hit.
5) Garin Cecchini, 3B, Grade B: Higher ceiling than Lavarnway and better plate discipline than Middlebrooks, but hasn’t seen full-season ball yet. Needs better defense but I like the bat. B+ or higher possible next year.6) Brandon Jacobs, OF, Grade B: Tool-laden outfielder with 20/20 power/speed potential, remains raw with the strike zone but made significant progress in 2011. B+ or higher possible with further refinement.
7) Blake Swihart, C, Grade B-: Risky demographic as a high school catcher, but has plenty of offensive upside and should stick behind the plate. Another guy who could rank much higher once he gets some at-bats under his belt.
8) Sean Coyle, 2B, Grade B-: Hit for power, stole bases, drew walks, adapting well to second base defensively. A second baseman who can hit is harder to find than an outfielder, so I put him ahead of Brentz.
9) Bryce Brentz, OF, Grade B-: Prototype right fielder, with power, strong arm, strikes out a lot, questionable plate discipline, error-prone. Could develop into Ryan Ludwick-type hitter, or he could fizzle in Triple-A.
10) Anthony Ranaudo, RHP, Grade B-: Jekyll-Hyde season, both statistically and scout-wise, with large variations in quality of both stuff and command from start to start making it hard to get a proper read on him.
11) Henry Owens, LHP, Grade B-: We need to see him pitch, but one of my favorite high school pitchers from the ’11 draft due to feel for pitching. Will his velocity pick up?
12) Jackie Bradley Jr., OF, Grade B-: Great glove, good feel for the strike zone, excellent track record in college until 2011. Did the switch to the less-potent bats expose his flaws? Could rank much higher, or much lower, a year from now.13) Alex Wilson, RHP, Grade B-: Turned things around after rough Double-A debut in ’10, will be ready for the majors sometime in ’12. Could be fourth/fifth starter for some teams but more likely a reliever in Boston.14) Brandon Workman, RHP, Grade B-: Profiles as workhorse

MaineSox
3 years 18 days ago

And in his mid-season rankings he had Bogaerts, Barnes, Bradley, and Lavarnway all up significantly, and he had Doubront as a C+ because he projected him as a reliever, but Doubront has shown he is more than capable of starting, which would move him to at least a B-.  Plus, both Tazawa and Pimentel have taken steps forward this year, and they have signed guys like Marrero (who most slot in ahead of Lavarnway which means he’s at least a B and maybe a B+) and Buttrey (who would go ahead of Ranaudo).

johnsilver
3 years 18 days ago

Just noticed you picked those ancient rankings apart.. Thank you very much..

Most have taken significant upswings..

original poster should really check the latest info.

sdsuphilip
3 years 18 days ago

They have a lot of B/B- guys in their system guys like Henry Owens, Blake Swihart, Brandon Jacobs, Bryce Brentz, Garin Cecchini, Jose Vinicio, and some more