9/17 Is Sunday Dempster’s last home game?
Ryan Dempster will start in the series finale Sunday against the Astros. Could it be his last home start for the Cubs? Dempster, who is expected to squeeze in two more starts on the last road trip, has a $14 million player option for 2012.
“I never even thought about that,” Dempster said Saturday about the possibility that Sunday is his final home game at Wrigley Field. “I’m just trying to go out there and win a game tomorrow and let all those things handle themselves.”
The Cubs have a lot of decisions to make this offseason, such as selecting the next general manager. This is Dempster’s eighth season, and he’s gone from a rehabbing right-hander to the closer for three years to the rotation. He enters Sunday’s game 10-12 with a 4.66 ERA overall, and 6-7 with a 3.53 ERA in his last 18 starts.
“As a player, you just want to see where everything’s going and what direction they want to go and things like that more than anything,” Dempster said. “You know how much I love playing here. Hopefully, it’s not just about staying here for next year but staying past next year. I’ll worry about what’s on the field first.”
Dempster received a four-year, $52 million contract from the Cubs in November 2008.
“There’s a lot of factors that come into [the decision],” Dempster said. “I want to try to get win No. 11 tomorrow and go from there.”
— Carrie Muskat