The Red Sox plan to stretch out hard-throwing left-hander Franklin Morales in spring training, but he will likely serve as a long reliever who makes spot starts.
Dempster was 12-8 with a 3.38 ERA in 173 innings in 2012 with the Cubs and Rangers, though he went 7-3 with a 5.09 ERA after Texas acquired him at the trade deadline.
Dempster allowed eight earned runs in two of his first three outings and then settled in to pitch more effectively.
However, Dempster struggled against some of the better lineups in the American League.
In three starts against the Angels, Dempster surrendered 22 hits in 17 runs.
The Yankees scored eight runs over six innings.
The Oakland A’s had six hits and five runs in three innings after the trade.
The Red Sox were reportedly working on a deal with Dempster, who had previously turned down a two-year, $25 million offer from Boston.
Durability has been a hallmark of Dempster’s career, until 2012. Dempster has a strong track record since moving from the bullpen to the rotation with the Cubs in 2008.
Over the last five years, he’s averaged 199 innings a year (2012, in fact, was the first time in that span during which he’d failed to log 200 innings) with a 65-49 record and 3.74 ERA.
Two stays on the disabled list this past season cost Dempster a fifth straight season of 200 innings.
Dempster also missed time early in the 2012 season with a strained right quadriceps, and in mid-June he was sidelined for 19 games with a strained lat muscle.
Because he was traded mid-season, he will not cost the team that acquires him a draft pick — a significant consideration for the Red Sox.
The team officially announced the signing of Shane Victorino.
Victorino will play right field for the Red Sox had reached an agreement with Boston last week which was finalized today.