With Zack Greinke now signed with the Los Angeles Dodgers, Major League Baseball teams can finally move on to other starting pitchers in free agency with one of the bigger names out there still being Ryan Dempster. Dempster has been in talks with the Chicago Cubs, Boston Red Sox and Milwaukee Brewers but one team stands out to me over the other two. That team would be the Brewers and the fact Dempster would fit perfectly as the team’s No. 2 starter behind Yovani Gallardo.
Dempster still has his home near Chicago and while the Cubs would seem like the obvious fit with that fact, Chicago isn’t looking to spend $20-25 million over two years for an aging pitcher. That disappoints me slightly as a Cubs fan but the reasoning is sound as the Cubs try to rebuild yet again. The Red Sox sounds good but Dempster has already turned down a contract from Boston and it was increasingly obvious Dempster isn’t a great American League pitcher.
That leaves Milwaukee with a great ballpark that is just 90 miles from Chicago, an offense led by Ryan Braun and a chance to compete for a playoff spot. The pieces all seem to fit there for Dempster and if the Brewers can bring out a three-year deal worth about $30 million, I think Dempster will end up landing there and will be a serviceable pitcher that could easily win 14-17 games per season with Braun and former Cub Aramis Ramirez providing more than enough offense. It almost seems too good to be true.
Andy Schmidt is a columnist/writer for RantSports. Follow him on Twitter @ASchmidtSports or like his Facebook page.