11/29 Dempster update
FOX Sports’ Ken Rosenthal reports the Brewers, Red Sox and Angels are among the teams pursuing Ryan Dempster, who was believed to be seeking a three-year deal. Dempster, 35, compiled a 3.38 ERA in 173 innings for the Cubs and Rangers last season. The right-hander also has been linked to the Dodgers, Twins and Cubs, but the Cubs most likely would not offer a three-year contract.
Cubs GM Jed Hoyer was asked this week if the team would consider a long-term, multi-year commitment to a pitcher.
“It’s so early in the offseason, it’s hard to assess that kind of question,” Hoyer said. “Two of the main guys we targeted going into winter were [Scott] Baker and [Scott] Feldman. We felt both guys were very similar and thought they would both benefit coming to the National League. We felt they would both have upside left, both were young. Whether we would add a guy on a multi-year commitment, I think that depends on the player and the opportunity for us.”
Baker and Feldman both signed one-year deals with the Cubs this month.
— Carrie Muskat