Kevin C. Cox
The Diamondbacks expressed interest in the free agent pitcher during the second day of the winter meetings.
Market for Ryan Dempster may develop more this week. Brewers remain in mix. DBacks and Twins have checked in too.— Jon Morosi (@jonmorosi) December 3, 2012
There are a lot of solid free agent pitchers on the market this year, including Zack Grienke and Brandon McCarthy. Dempster, a 15-year veteran, would provide back end support for the Diamondbacks rotation.
A career 4.33 ERA pitcher with an even 124-124 record, Dempster enjoyed most of his success in his career with Chicago Cub. In 2008 he went 17-6 with a 2.96 ERA and finished sixth in the NL Cy Young voting.
The Diamondbacks have plenty of young prospects to fill the 2013 rotation, but will need some veteran help as Daniel Hudson will most likely be out until the All-Star break - leaving just Trevor Cahill and Ian Kennedy with sizeable big league experience.