The Texas Rangers acquired veteran starter Ryan Dempster from the Chicago Cubs for two minor leaguers (a position player and a pitcher) just minutes the trade deadline expired on Tuesday afternoon.
The 35-year-old gives the Rangers a solid starter to incorporate into a rotation that has dealt with injury and inconsistency of late.
Dempster is 5-5 with a 2.25 ERA in 104 innings over 16 starts this season. He’s got 83 strikeouts and 27 walks and opponents are hitting .210 against him. He’s making $14 million this season before he becomes a free agent. Dempster had to approve the deal because of his no trade clause.
Dempster gives the club some much-needed depth in the starting rotation. Colby Lewis is out for the season following surgery last week to repair a torn flexor tendon in his throwing elbow.
In his career, Dempster is 117-121 with a 4.31 ERA. He does have 87 saves because he was the Cubs closer from 2005 to 2007.
Dempster was actually drafted by the Rangers in the third round in 1995 and then dealt to the Marlins with Rick Helling for John Burkett in August 1996.