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Old Nov 18th 2008, 10:33 am
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Cubs close to resigning Dempster

The Cubs, moving to address one of their offseason priorities, are close to re-signing free-agent right-hander Ryan Dempster to a four-year contract, according to major-league sources.

The return of Dempster would not necessarily make the Cubs less likely to trade for Padres right-hander Jake Peavy, sign free-agent lefty Randy Johnson or pursue any other player.

Their next steps likely would depend upon the wishes of the team's new ownership group, which is expected to be selected before Christmas, sources said.

Dempster, 31, went 17-6 with a 2.96 ERA last season while starting full-time for the first time since 2002. He filed for free agency, but his first choice has been to remain with the Cubs.

The question with Dempster is whether he could repeat his performance of 2008, his first converting back to starting after three seasons as the Cubs' closer. He underwent elbow surgery in '03, but his only injury since then was a strained left oblique in '07.

The Cubs wanted to secure at least one starting pitcher for a rotation that already includes right-handers Carlos Zambrano and Rich Harden and left-hander Ted Lilly.

The team also wants to acquire a left-handed hitting outfielder and could enter the mix for free-agent shortstop Rafael Furcal depending upon the outcome of the sale and any other additions that general manager Jim Hendry might make
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Old Nov 18th 2008, 11:30 am
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I don't know about this move. I want Peavy for sure but I would take the Unit as a fallback. We need to shed Marquis salary though-
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Sounds good to me , Marquis was one of the better 5th starters in the NL.
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I don't know the way we got shelled in the playoffs I am not sure about anybody
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Sources: Cubs close to re-signing Dempster
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The Cubs, moving to address one of their offseason priorities, are close to re-signing free-agent right-hander Ryan Dempster to a four-year contract, according to major-league sources.


The deal will be worth slightly more than $50 million, sources said.

The return of Dempster would not necessarily make the Cubs less likely to trade for Padres right-hander Jake Peavy, sign free-agent lefty Randy Johnson or pursue any other player.

Their next steps likely would depend upon the wishes of the team's new ownership group, which is expected to be selected before Christmas, sources said.

Dempster, 31, went 17-6 with a 2.96 ERA last season while starting full-time for the first time since 2002. He filed for free agency, but his first choice has been to remain with the Cubs.

The question with Dempster is whether he could repeat his performance of 2008, his first converting back to starting after three seasons as the Cubs' closer. He underwent elbow surgery in '03, but his only injury since then was a strained left oblique in '07.

The Cubs wanted to secure at least one starting pitcher for a rotation that already includes right-handers Carlos Zambrano and Rich Harden and left-hander Ted Lilly.

The team also wants to acquire a left-handed hitting outfielder and could enter the mix for free-agent shortstop Rafael Furcal depending upon the outcome of the sale and any other additions that general manager Jim Hendry might make.
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The Cubs and All-Star Ryan Dempster agreed on Tuesday to a four-year contract.

Published reports said the new contract is worth at least $52 million. The signing secures the free agent right-hander's services through 2012.

Dempster, 31, went 17-6 with a 2.96 ERA for Chicago last season after returning to the rotation on a full-time basis for the first time since 2002, and after saving 85 games for the Cubs from 2005-07. He finished in the top seven in the National League in wins, ERA and strikeouts and made the All-Star team for the first time since 2000.

He set a career high and tied for third in the National League in wins, ranked fourth in the league in ERA and was third with a .227 batting average against. He also allowed only 14 home runs in 206 2/3 innings and turned in 21 quality starts, tied with Ted Lilly for most on the team.

Dempster began last season 10-0 at Wrigley Field, the first Cubs pitcher to do so since Rick Reuschel in 1977. Dempster finished the campaign 14-3 at Wrigley, the most home victories by a Cubs pitcher since Fergie Jenkins won a franchise-record 15 home games in 1967.

The Cubs went 22-11 in his starts, a .667 winning percentage, and Dempster ranked fourth in the league with a .769 winning percentage.

Dempster remains in a Cubs rotation that includes holdovers Carlos Zambrano, Lilly and Rich Harden. The Cubs have also had discussions with San Diego regarding a possible trade involving right-hander and 2007 National League Cy Young Award winner Jake Peavy.

Dempster is 76-81 with 87 saves and a 4.55 ERA in parts of 11 Major League seasons. Since joining Chicago prior to the 2004 season, he is 26-26 with 87 saves and a 3.59 ERA. He was an NL All-Star while with the Marlins in 2000.
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It sounds like we got a home town discount here. It will free us up to press for left handed hitters

It is looking more like it is going to break down like I was thinking it would. I just hope we get more than just Dunn for left-handed players.
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I wish we would have gotten Dunn Three years ago but he hits well here so....
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Dusty wouldn't have stood for it, dude. Can't have slow white guys clogging up the basepaths with walks and striking out when they could be playing small ball and advacing runners with our outstanding speedsters Ronny Cedeno, Jerry Hairston, Freddy Boom-Boom, and Juan Pierre. Speed doesn't slump, dude and Dunn and his whiteness would have melted under the hot sun of all those day games.
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An already bad offseason just got worse. Signing a guy with a career 4.55 ERA to a 4 year deal at 13 million per season is very unwise. The Cubs should have let him go and gotten some very valuable draft picks in return so they can build up a weak farm system. Dempster will never come close to this past seasons performance. In 2 years the Cubs will desperately be looking to dump Dempster and his contract. This offseason is killing me!
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