There have been moves all offseason long by the Boston Red Sox with Thursday being no exception as the Red Sox signed Ryan Dempster to a two-year contract. Dempster should fit very nicely into the No. 2 or 3 slot in the Boston rotation in 2013. It was a move that had to be made by Boston with how strong several American League teams have become in recent weeks.
Dempster had major problems pitching with the Texas Rangers late last season and it was believed that Dempster wanted to stay in the National League. Dempster must have heard something he liked because he had rejected a deal with Boston once before this offseason so I’m curious to know what Dempster heard the second time around to get him to sign on the dotted line. The AL East is stacked with all five teams having a solid chance of winning the division so the 2013 season is going to be an interesting one to watch.
The Red Sox have made moves with Mike Napoli and Shane Victorino already to improve their offense and moves like this just make the Boston rotation stronger with Jon Lester at the front end of it. If Boston can make another move or two for pitching, they may be able to get a little further ahead of the pack in the division. This baseball offseason just got a whole more interesting with Dempster now off the market and starting pitching help starting to dwindle. If teams want to improve, there really isn’t much left and Boston may have got the last good starter remaining.
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