Cubs Reach Agreement With Pitcher

By: Associated Press
By: Associated Press

Tuesday Nov. 18, 2008
CHICAGO (AP) -- Free agent pitcher Ryan Dempster and the Chicago Cubs have reached agreement on a $52 million, four-year contract that includes a player option to 2012.

Dempster was 17-6 with a 2.96 ERA for the Cubs last season after making the switch back from closer to starter. The 31-year-old right-hander saved 87 games in 107 chances as the Cubs' closer from 2005-07. But after earning a spot in the rotation during spring training, Dempster returned to the starter's
role he held with the Marlins and Reds from 1998-2003.

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