Dempster in the fray

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Dempster in the fray

This afternoon, the Red Sox introduced Ryan Dempster during a press conference at Fenway Park. And all in all, the whole thing was pretty standard.

From everything I've read, the event basically just consisted of Dempster telling the world how much he's looking forward to playing in Boston, the Sox telling the world how excited they are to trot Dempster out to the mound every fifth day and both sides going back and forth with compliments until the microphone burst into flames.

And that's fine. But I can't believe that no one asked about Harry Caray!

It remains to be seen how much Ryan Dempster will help the Sox this season. Considering he's on the books for 26.5M over the next two years, you'd certainly hope so, but we really can't be sure.

On one hand, Dempster's registered double digit wins in each of the last five seasons, and over that time he's averaged 32 starts a year and finished only one season with a plus-4.00 ERA. That's not bad. On the other hand, he'll turn 36 in May, has played 14 and a half of his 15 Major League seasons in the National League and posted a 5.09 ERA and 1.435 WHIP after being traded to Texas last summer. That's not good.

But either way, regardless of how dominant he is on the mound, I'm guessing that Dempster will inject a little quirkiness and humor to the Sox recently-miserable clubhouse. And that's cool. Although for 26.5M, they probably could have booked Seinfeld.
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Ortiz quells comeback speculation: 'My playing time has expired'

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Ortiz quells comeback speculation: 'My playing time has expired'

Forget that cryptic Tweet to the Globe. David Ortiz isn't walking through that door, fans. At least not as a player.

"My playing time has already expired," Ortiz told ESPN Deportes. "Baseball is not something that you wake up today and you say, 'I'll play tomorrow.' Baseball is something that carries a lot of sacrifice, a lot of preparation, and there is a reason why we train the entire year to play it, practice every day, especially during the season, because it is a sport of consistency."

No one really thought he was contemplating a comeback, but last week he Tweeted this . . .

. . . and that raised hopes that he'd changed his mind.

Not so.

 

Red Sox avoid arbitration with Bogaerts, Holt with 1-year deals

Red Sox avoid arbitration with Bogaerts, Holt with 1-year deals

Facing a 1 p.m. Friday deadline to avoid arbitration, the Red Sox reportedly agreed to a one-year, $3.6 million deal with center field Jackie Bradley Jr., and also avoided hearings with six other players.

Shortstop Xander Bogaerts, utilityman Brock Holt, pitchers Joe Kelly, Robbie Ross Jr., Tyler Thornburgh and catcher Sandy Leon also agreed to one-year deals.

Terms of the deals were not announced.

It leaves left-handers Fernando Abad and Drew Pomeranz as the only arbitration-eligible Red Sox without a deal.