Dempster, 35, is enjoying arguably the best season of his 15-year major league career, with a 6-6 record and a 2.25 earned run average in 16 starts. He will help a Rangers’ rotation that has really struggled to keep itself this season.
Neftali Feliz and Colby Lewis are both out for the remainder of the year, and veteran Roy Oswalt has been a major disappointment since he was signed midseason. Derek Holland and Scott Feldman have been inconsistent, meaning Matt Harrison and rookie Yu Darvish are the only starters who have performed well all season.
Dempster will probably be the team’s third pitcher. Oswalt will move to the bullpen.
Dempster is making $14 million this season and is scheduled to become a free agent after the year. In the trade, the Cubs acquired third baseman Christian Villanueva and right handed pitcher Kyle Hendricks. Both are in Class-A ball.
Dempster’s first start in Texas will come with Geovany Soto catching, who was also acquired from the Cubs in a trade. Ironically, it was the Rangers who drafted Dempster in the third round in 1995. He was traded to the Florida Marlins with Rick Helling for John Burkett in 1996.
Many experts predict that the acquisition of Dempster will put the Rangers over the top in the American League West, where they are competing with the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim.
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