The Red Sox added another solid starter and good clubhouse presence by agreeing to terms with veteran righthander Ryan Dempster.
Dempster had originally turned the Red Sox down last week on a two-year deal, but this morning the rumors ran rampant the two sides were close to a deal, which turned out to be two years, at $26.5 million.
Dempster has been pretty reliable, working at least 200 innings in four of the last five years. He was 12-8 with a 3.38 ERA with the Cubs and Rangers the last two years.
I also remember that Dempster got hurt a few years ago trying to leap over a dugout fence to join in one one of those silly "walkoff" celebrations. He wound up injuring his toe and missed one month in 2009.
Dempster figures to be the number three starter, behind Jon Lester and Clay Buchholz.
Still no word yet on the mystery behind the holdup over Mike Napoli's deal. Sources seem to think it is over the language to the contract in regard to injuries. Ben Cherington was mum about it at the press conference that introduced Shane Victorino at Fenway earlier today.