Ryan Dempster’s agent Craig Landis has confirmed the right-hander’s interest in the Milwaukee Brewers. The starter had a strong season with the Chicago Cubs and Texas Rangers this past season in which he posted some of the best statistics in recent years.
Dempster would be a great sign for the Brewers, who are trying to bolster their starting rotation by adding a veteran arm in the two spot behind ace Yovani Gallardo. The only problem with signing the 35-year-old is that he wants a three year deal that will most likely not come cheap. Many people may not believe he is worth the three years considering his age, but the reality is he will easily get it as there is not a lot of strong starting talent on the free agent market this off-season.
Dempster has terrorized Milwaukee for years and Brewers fans would be thrilled to finally have him on their side. In 200 1/3 innings against the Brewers, Dempster is 16-6 with a 2.65 earned run average. No one is quite sure why he has been so successful against the organization, but Milwaukee has certainly seen enough to know how talented he is.
There are several reasons why the Brewers would be reluctant to sign Dempster. The fact is Jeff Suppan and Randy Wolf did not pan out exactly how Milwaukee had imagined as both starters received big paychecks that did not match the productivity. This is a big reason why the Brewers will be hesitant to give Dempster three years and will most likely offer him two instead.
I personally believe Milwaukee should take another gamble and give Dempster the three-year deal he wants. It is clearly a huge risk, as he may have nothing left in the tank like Suppan when he joined the Brewers, but it is certainly worth taking a chance.
The Brewers had the No. 1 ranked offense in the National League in 2012 and should have coasted into the postseason if it were not for their terrible pitching. At this point, the Brewers should not be debating whether to sign a proven starter based on one year. Instead, they should be figuring out how they can get Dempster for a decent price and what they can do to fix the bullpen so Milwaukee can clinch the NL Central for the second time in three years.
The truth is Dempster wants to play for the Brewers because the team is clearly on the cusp of being a contender in 2013. However, he wants to be taken care, as this will be the last contract he ever signs. Dempter posted a 12-8 record with a 3.38 ERA and 153 strikeouts this past season.
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